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Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Fargo, North Dakota weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Fargo, North Dakota weather

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:

  • Improved 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.

  • Prevents snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling out your screens can help inhibit this buildup.

  • 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 weather.

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.

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