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Should you remove your window screen in cooler weather?

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Even though it can be tought to let go of the beautiful summer weather, the fall season in Winston-Salem 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 busy time—children are back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one item that you want to make sure is on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the colder months.

Window screens are really important in the summer months for blocking heat, allowing your windows to stay open without letting in debris, and also assisting with keeping your home energy efficient. However, in the cooler months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and could 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 through the dreary winter months. 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 propels it at your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps decrease the amount of snow that can get trapped between your screen and window.
  • Enhancing solar heat gain—Window screens can block not only light from entering your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps through 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 may have entered the home.

Now that you have this background, it’s a great time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before winter hits?” 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 Winston-Salem’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 up to you.

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 experts at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 336-203-0704, stop by our Winston-Salem showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.