Remove Window Screen In Cooler Weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler San Antonio, TX weather

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Here in San Antonio, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in some fresh air. But as you gear up for winter, yard and house work always top the to-do list, and one of your jobs will no doubt be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a good time to choose whether you’d like to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve routinely read about how energy efficient windows are important during the summer months for blocking heat from getting in your home. But, energy efficiency plays a huge role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens influence energy efficiency? What are the added bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are three points to think about:

  • Better solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens might actually block the sun’s heat from creeping in, too. After all, it could be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm up your home. In fact, a Midcoast Green Collaborative study showed 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.

  • Stops 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 prevent 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, removing your window screens can help let in as much light as you’d like.

As technology has developed, taking off your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and more of a style preference. In the past, pulling off your window’s screens was usually done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be added. 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 learn more about helpful window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella professionals at (210) 361-3496 or stop by our showroom in San Antonio.