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Should you remove your window screen in cooler weather?

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Even though it can be hard to let go of the beautiful summer season, the fall season in St. Paul is perfect for keeping your windows open and letting in the fresh air that was likely too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a busy time—children go 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 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 colder months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and may be better removed from your windows. Here’s why:

  • Letting in more natural light—Window screens are another barrier for much needed natural light throughout the dreary winter months. Removing 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 propels it at 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 reaching your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps during the winter months to keep your home energy efficient and warm. A study from Midcoast Green Collaborative showed that keeping screens on the windows during winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that would’ve entered the home.

With this new 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 more steps to enhance their energy efficiency in St. Paul’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 all yours.

If you have any further questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other inquiries about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the team at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 651-213-9049, stop by our St. Paul showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.