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:
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.
snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Removing screens can help inhibit
- 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
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.