Here in Wellesley, 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 typically top the to-do
list, and one of your jobs will no
doubt be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a great
time to determine whether you’d
like to take your window screens off
for the winter.
You’ve commonly 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 huge role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens
impact energy efficiency? What are the other
bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are a couple points to think about:
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.
snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling out your screens can help prevent
- Allows in
more natural light. Conventional screens can prevent much needed natural light in the gray 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 possible.
As technology has advanced, removing your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and
more of a style preference. In the past, taking off
your window’s screens was usually 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
To learn more about appropriate
window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows,
call one of our Pella specialists at 781-239-1161 or stop
by our showroom in Wellesley.