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Should you remove your window screen in cooler weather?

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Even though it can be difficult to let go of the beautiful summer temps, the fall season in Monroe is perfect for keeping your windows open and letting in the fresh air that was likely 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 item that you want to make sure is 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 season for blocking heat, allowing your windows to stay open without letting in debris, and also helping to 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 the reason:

  • Letting in more natural light—Window screens are just one added barrier for much needed natural light through the dreary winter season. Eliminating your window screens will allow for that much more light to fill your home.
  • Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a big winter wind whips up snow and sends it to your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps reduce the amount of snow that can get trapped between your screen and window.
  • Enhancing solar heat gain—Window screens can block not only light from reaching 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 keeping screens on the windows during winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that may have entered the home.

Now that you’ve received this information, 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 necessity. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners no longer need to take extra steps to enhance their energy efficiency in Monroe’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to think about with your window screens—the choice is all yours.

If you have any additional 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 203-295-4486, stop by our Monroe showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.