Remove Window Screen In Cooler Weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Des Moines, IA weather

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Here in Des Moines, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in some fresh air. But as you gear up for winter, yard and house work typically top the to-do list, and one of your jobs 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 commonly seen us write about how energy efficient windows are critical during the summer months for blocking heat from entering 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 additional benefits to taking window screens off? Here are a couple points to take in to consideration:

  • Increased solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens might actually keep the sun’s heat from getting in, too. After all, it may be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm your home. In fact, a Midcoast Green Collaborative study indicated that screens left on in the winter blocked about 30-40 percent of the heat (from the sun) that otherwise would have gone in to the home.

  • Stops snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Removing screens can help inhibit 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, pulling off your window screens can help let in as much light as possible.

As technology has improved, taking off your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and more of a style preference. In the past, removing your window’s screens was commonly done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be put in. Storm windows help improve 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 find out more about proper window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella professionals at 515-219-7723 or drop by our showroom in Des Moines.