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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 temps, the fall season in West Springfield is perfect for opening up your windows and letting in the fresh air that may have been too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a hectic time—children head back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one task that you need to remember to include on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the upcoming winter.

Window screens are really important in the summer time for blocking heat, having your windows open without letting in debris, and also assisting with keeping your home energy efficient. However, in the cooler months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and may 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 another barrier for much desired natural light during the dreary winter months. Taking off your window screens will allow for that much more light to come into your house.
  • Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a huge winter wind whips up snow and directs it to your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps reduce the amount of snow that can get wedged between your screen and window.
  • Enhancing solar heat gain—Window screens can block not only light from coming into your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps through 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 could have entered the home.

Now that you have this background, it’s the perfect time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before winter is here?” 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 don’t need to take additional steps to enhance their energy efficiency in West Springfield’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to consider with your window screens—the choice is up to you.

If you have any more questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other questions about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the experts at Pella Windows and Doors a call at (413) 561-7599, check out our West Springfield showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.