Remove Window Screen In Cooler Weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Nashville, TN weather

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Here in Nashville, 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 jobs will inevitably be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a good time to determine whether you’re going to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve frequently read about how energy efficient windows are crucial during the summer months for blocking heat from entering your home. But, energy efficiency plays a huge role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens influence energy efficiency? What are the other perks to taking window screens off? Here are a few 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 can actually keep the sun’s heat from sneaking in, too. After all, it may be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm up your home. 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.

  • Stops snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Removing screens can help inhibit this buildup.

  • Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can prevent much needed natural light in the dreary 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 can.

As technology has improved, taking off your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and more of a style preference. In the past, pulling off your window’s screens was commonly done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be added. 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 experts at 615-348-8786 or come by our showroom in Nashville.