Even though it can be tought to let go of the beautiful summer weather, the fall season in South Burlington is perfect for opening the windows and letting in the fresh air that was likely too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a eventful time—children are back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one task that you want to make sure is on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the upcoming winter.
Window screens are really important in the summer season for blocking heat, having your windows open without letting in debris, and also helping to keep your home energy efficient. However, in the colder months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and may be better removed from your windows. Here’s the reason:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are another barrier for much needed natural light throughout the dreary winter days. Removing your window screens will allow for that much more light to enter your home.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a huge winter wind whips up snow and sends it at your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps decrease the amount of snow that can get stuck 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 months 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.
Now that you have this background, it’s a good 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 requirement. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners aren’t required to take extra steps to improve their energy efficiency in South Burlington’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 yours.
If you have any additional 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 (802) 557-0429, check out our South Burlington showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.