Should you remove your window screen in cooler weather?
Even though it can be difficult to let go of the beautiful summer temps, the fall season in Victoria is perfect for keeping your windows open and letting in the fresh air that may have been too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a hectic time—children go back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one task that you want to make sure is 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, allowing your windows to stay open without letting in debris, and also working to help keep your home energy efficient. However, in the cooler months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and could be better removed from your windows. Here’s why:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are just one added barrier for much desired natural light throughout the dreary winter days. Eliminating your window screens will allow for that much more light to enter your home.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a huge winter wind whips up snow and propels it at your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps decrease 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 days 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 may have entered the home.
Now that you have this background, it’s a great time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before the winter season arrives?” As technology has improved, removing window screens has become more of a style preference instead of a need. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners aren’t required to take extra steps to improve their energy efficiency in Victoria’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to ponder with your window screens—the choice is all yours.
If you have any more questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other inquiries about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the experts at Pella Windows & Doors - Victoria a call at 250-475-1277, visit our Victoria showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.