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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 Nashville is perfect for opening the windows and letting in the fresh air that might 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 thing that you need to remember to include 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, allowing your windows to stay open without letting in debris, and also working to help keep your home energy efficient. However, in the fall months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and might be better removed from your windows. Here’s a few reasons you may want to remove your screens:

  • Letting in more natural light—Window screens are another barrier for much desired natural light through the dreary winter days. Removing your window screens will allow for that much more light to come into your house.
  • Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a big winter wind whips up snow and directs it at your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps reduce the amount of snow that can get wedged 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 throughout the winter days to keep your home energy efficient and warm. A study from Midcoast Green Collaborative showed that screens left on windows in the winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that may have entered the home.

With this new information, it’s a great 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 need. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners no longer need to take additional steps to enhance their energy efficiency in Nashville’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 questions about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the team at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 615-348-8786, stop by our Nashville showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.