Remove Window Screen In Cooler Weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Memphis, Tennessee weather

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

You’ve frequently read about how energy efficient windows are critical 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 additional bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are three points to take in to consideration:

  • Better solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens might actually keep the sun’s heat from sneaking in, too. After all, it might 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 entered the home.

  • Prohibits snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Removing screens can help prevent 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, pulling off your window screens can help let in as much light as possible.

As technology has advanced, pulling off your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and more of a style preference. In the past, taking off your window’s screens was typically done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be put in. Storm windows help improve efficiency during the winter. However, when homeowners switch to double- or triple-pane glass, they no longer need to take extra steps to ensure efficiency during extreme weather.

To find out more about appropriate window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella experts at 901-401-9399 or come by our showroom in Memphis.