Even though it can be tought to let go of the beautiful summer temps, the fall season in Bloomington is perfect for opening up your windows and letting in the fresh air that might have been too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a busy time—children head 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 months for blocking heat, keeping your windows 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 could be better removed from your windows. Here’s the reason:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are just one added barrier for much wanted natural light during the dreary winter season. Eliminating 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 propels 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 coming into your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps throughout the winter season 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 the winter season arrives?” 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 don’t need to take more steps to increase their energy efficiency in Bloomington’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 up to you.
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 professionals at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 309-663-7132, check out our Bloomington showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.