Remove Window Screen In Cooler Weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Haverhill, MA weather

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Here in Haverhill, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in the fresh, crisp air. But as you gear up for winter, yard and house work always top the to-do list, and one of your responsibilities will inevitably be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a great time to choose whether you’re going to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve routinely read about how energy efficient windows are crucial during the summer months for blocking heat from sneaking in your home. But, energy efficiency plays a large role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens play a role in energy efficiency? What are the additional perks to taking window screens off? Here are a couple points to think about:

  • Increased solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens can actually keep the sun’s heat from creeping in, too. After all, it could be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm your home. 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.

  • Prohibits snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Removing screens can help inhibit this buildup.

  • Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can block the 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, pulling off your window screens can help let in as much light as you can.

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 added. Storm windows help improve efficiency during the winter. However, when homeowners move to double- or triple-pane glass, they no longer need to take extra steps to ensure efficiency during extreme weather.

To hear more about appropriate window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella professionals at 978-291-7441 or come by our showroom in Haverhill.