Remove Window Screen In Cooler Weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Charlotte, North Carolina weather

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Here in Charlotte, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in some fresh air. But as you get ready for winter, yard and house work always top the to-do list, and one of your responsibilities will no doubt be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a good time to determine whether you’d like to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve commonly seen us write about how energy efficient windows are crucial during the summer months for blocking heat from sneaking in your home. But, energy efficiency plays a big role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens play a role in energy efficiency? What are the other benefits to taking window screens off? Here are three points to consider:

  • Increased solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens can actually block the sun’s heat from creeping in, too. After all, it might be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm up your home. In fact, a Midcoast Green Collaborative study revealed 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.

  • Prohibits snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling out your screens can help prevent this buildup.

  • Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can keep out much needed natural light in the chilly 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 advanced, removing your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and more of a style preference. In the past, removing your window’s screens was usually done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be put in. 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 weather.

To learn more about helpful window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella specialists at 704-228-9149 or stop by our showroom in Charlotte.