Here in Kalamazoo, we think fall is one of the best
seasons to leave your windows open and let in the fresh, crisp air. But as you prepare
for winter, yard and house work usually top the to-do
list, and one of your responsibilities will certainly be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a perfect
time to decide whether you’d
like to take your window screens off
for the winter.
You’ve frequently heard us talk about how energy efficient windows are
important during the summer months for blocking heat
from getting in your home. But, energy efficiency
plays a large role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens
play a role in energy efficiency? What are the added
bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are a
few points to think about:
solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat
inside your home in the winter, screens may actually block
the sun’s heat from sneaking in, too. After all, it may
be cold outside but sunlight will still help keep your home
warm. In fact, a Midcoast
Green Collaborative study showed that screens left
on in the winter blocked about 30-40 percent of the heat (from the sun) that
otherwise would have come inside the home.
snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Removing screens can help you avoid
- Allows in
more natural light. Conventional screens can prevent much needed natural light in the gray winter
months. If you don’t already have high transparency screens, such as
Pella Windows and Doors’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, removing your window screens can help let in as much light as you’d like.
As technology has improved, taking
off your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and
more of a style preference. In the past, pulling off
your window’s screens was typically done for windows with
single-pane glass so storm windows could be added. Storm
windows help boost efficiency during the winter.
However, when homeowners move to double- or triple-pane glass,
they no longer need to take extra steps to ensure efficiency during extreme
To find out more about appropriate
window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows,
call one of our Pella specialists at 269-215-4157 or come
by our showroom in Kalamazoo.