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Should you remove your window screen in cooler weather?

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Even though it can be hard to let go of the beautiful summer weather, the fall season in Haverhill 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 eventful time—children head back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one thing 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 months for blocking heat, keeping 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 could be better removed from your windows. Here’s a few reasons you may want to remove your screens:

  • Letting in more natural light—Window screens are just one added barrier for much desired natural light through the dreary winter days. Removing your window screens will allow for that much more light to fill your home.
  • Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a massive 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 leaving screens on throughout winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that may have entered the home.

With this new 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 additional steps to increase their energy efficiency in Haverhill’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to ponder with your window screens—the choice is all yours.

If you have any more questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other inquiries about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the team at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 978-291-7441, stop by our Haverhill showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.