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Should you remove your window screen in cooler weather?

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Even though it can be difficult to let go of the beautiful summer weather, the fall season in Charlotte is perfect for opening up your windows and letting in the fresh air that may have been too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a busy time—children are back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one task that you won’t want to forget on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the colder months.

Window screens are really important in the summer months for blocking heat, keeping your windows open without letting in debris, and also assisting with keeping your home energy efficient. However, in the colder months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and might be better removed from your windows. Here’s why:

  • Letting in more natural light—Window screens are an additional barrier for much needed natural light through the dreary winter days. Taking off your window screens will allow for that much more light to fill your home.
  • Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a huge winter wind whips up snow and directs it to your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps lessen the amount of snow that can get stuck between your screen and window.
  • Enhancing solar heat gain—Window screens can block not only light from reaching your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps during the winter season to keep your home energy efficient and warm. A study from Midcoast Green Collaborative showed that keeping screens on the windows during winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that could have entered the home.

Now that you have this background, it’s the perfect time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before winter hits?” As technology has improved, removing window screens has become more of a style preference instead of a necessity. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners don’t need to take more steps to enhance their energy efficiency in Charlotte’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to ponder with your window screens—the choice is yours.

If you have any additional questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other concerns about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the experts at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 704-228-9149, stop by our Charlotte showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.