Here in Fargo, 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 perfect
time to decide whether you’d
like to take your window screens off
for the winter.
You’ve routinely seen
us write about how energy efficient windows are
critical during the summer months for blocking heat
from getting in your home. But, energy efficiency
plays a big role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens
impact energy efficiency? What are the other
perks to taking window screens off? Here are a couple points to consider:
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 might
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 come inside the home.
snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling out your screens can help inhibit
- 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, taking off your window screens can help let in as much light as you’d like.
As technology has improved, removing 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 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
To hear more about helpful
window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows,
call one of our Pella professionals at 701-281-1390 or come
by our showroom in Fargo.