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Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Monroe, CT weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Monroe, CT weather

Here in Monroe, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let the fresh, crisp air in. But as you get ready for winter, yard and house work typically top the to-do list, and one of your tasks will certainly be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a good time to determine whether you want to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve routinely read about how energy efficient windows are critical during the summer months for blocking heat from entering your home. But, energy efficiency plays a large role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens influence energy efficiency? What are the other bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are a couple points to consider:

  • Increased solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens might actually prevent the sun’s heat from creeping in, too. After all, it may be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm your home. In fact, a Midcoast Green Collaborative study revealed that screens left on in the winter blocked about 30-40 percent of the heat (from the sun) that otherwise would have entered the home.

  • Prevents snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling out your screens can help inhibit this buildup.

  • Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can keep out much needed natural light in the chilly winter months. If you don’t already have high transparency screens, such as Pella Windows and Doors’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, pulling off your window screens can help let in as much light as possible.

As technology has developed, removing your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and more of a style preference. In the past, removing your window’s screens was commonly done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be installed. Storm windows help boost efficiency during the winter. However, when homeowners change to double- or triple-pane glass, they no longer need to take extra steps to ensure efficiency during extreme weather.

To hear more about helpful window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella experts at 203-295-4486 or come by our showroom in Monroe.

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