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:
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.
snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Taking
out your screens can help prevent
- 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
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.