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Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Winston-Salem, North Carolina weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Winston-Salem, North Carolina weather

Here in Winston-Salem, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in some fresh air. But as you prepare for winter, yard and house work always top the to-do list, and one of your tasks will no doubt be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a good time to determine whether you want to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve routinely seen us write about how energy efficient windows are crucial during the summer months for blocking heat from entering your home. But, energy efficiency plays a big role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens impact energy efficiency? What are the additional bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are a couple points to think about:

  • Increased solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens may actually block 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 gone in to the home.

  • Prevents snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Removing screens can help you avoid 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, pulling off your window screens can help let in as much light as you’d like.

As technology has improved, removing 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 weather.

To find out more about proper window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella professionals at 336-203-0704 or stop by our showroom in Winston-Salem.

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