Even though it can be hard to let go of the beautiful summer weather, the fall season in Boone is perfect for keeping your windows open and letting in the fresh air that may have been 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 thing that you want to make sure is on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the upcoming winter.
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 cooler months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and may be better removed from your windows. Here’s a few reasons you may want to remove your screens:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are an additional barrier for much wanted natural light through the dreary winter days. Taking off your window screens will allow for that much more light to fill your home.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a big winter wind whips up snow and sends it to your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps decrease the amount of snow that can get wedged between your screen and window.
- Enhancing solar heat gain—Window screens can block not only light from reaching your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps throughout the winter season 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.
With this new information, it’s a good time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before the winter season arrives?” As technology has improved, removing window screens has become more of a style preference instead of a requirement. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners don’t need to take additional steps to improve their energy efficiency in Boone’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to consider with your window screens—the choice is yours.
If you have any more questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other concerns about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the professionals at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 828-202-8489, stop by our Boone showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.