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Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler West Springfield, MA weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler West Springfield, MA weather

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

You’ve frequently heard us talk about how energy efficient windows are important 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 added perks to taking window screens off? Here are a few points to think about:

  • Improved solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens may actually block the sun’s heat from sneaking 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 revealed 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.

  • Stops snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Taking out your screens can help you avoid this buildup.

  • Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can block the 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 advanced, taking off your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and more of a style preference. In the past, removing 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 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 (413) 561-7599 or stop by our showroom in West Springfield.

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