Remove Window Screen In Cooler Weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler St. Paul, MN weather

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Here in St. Paul, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in some fresh air. But as you gear up for winter, yard and house work usually top the to-do list, and one of your tasks will certainly be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a good time to decide whether you’re going to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve routinely 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 play a role in energy efficiency? What are the added benefits to taking window screens off? Here are a few points to consider:

  • 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 creeping 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 indicated 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. Pulling out your screens can help prevent this buildup.

  • Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can block the much needed natural light in the chilly winter months. If you don’t already have high transparency screens, such as Pella Windows and Doors’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, taking off your window screens can help let in as much light as you can.

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 put in. Storm windows help boost efficiency during the winter. However, when homeowners switch to double- or triple-pane glass, they no longer need to take extra steps to ensure efficiency during extreme weather.

To hear more about proper window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella professionals at 651-213-9049 or come by our showroom in St. Paul.