Even though it can be hard to let go of the beautiful summer weather, the fall season in Roanoke is perfect for opening up your windows and letting in the fresh air that was likely too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a eventful time—children head back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one item that you need to remember to include on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the cooler season.
Window screens are really important in the summer months for blocking heat, having your windows open without letting in debris, and also helping to keep your home energy efficient. However, in the fall months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and might be better removed from your windows. Here’s the reason:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are just one added barrier for much desired natural light throughout the dreary winter months. Removing your window screens will allow for that much more light to come into your house.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a big winter wind whips up snow and propels it to your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps reduce 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 coming into your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps during the winter days to keep your home energy efficient and warm. A study from Midcoast Green Collaborative showed that leaving screens on throughout winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that could have entered the home.
Now that you’ve received this information, it’s a good time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before winter is here?” 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 no longer need to take extra steps to enhance their energy efficiency in Roanoke’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 further questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other questions about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the experts at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 540-466-1918, stop by our Roanoke showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.