Remove Window Screen In Cooler Weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Roanoke, Virginia weather

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Here in Roanoke, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let the fresh, crisp air in. But as you gear up for winter, yard and house work always top the to-do list, and one of your responsibilities will certainly be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a great time to choose whether you want to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve frequently read about how energy efficient windows are crucial 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 influence energy efficiency? What are the other bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are a couple points to think about:

  • Better solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens may actually keep 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 revealed that screens left on in the winter blocked about 30-40 percent of the heat (from the sun) that otherwise would have entered the home.

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

  • 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 possible.

As technology has developed, 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 installed. 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 proper window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella experts at 540-466-1918 or stop by our showroom in Roanoke.