Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Victoria, B.C weather
Here in Victoria, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in the fresh, crisp air. But as you get ready for winter, yard and house work typically top the to-do list, and one of your tasks 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 heard us talk about how energy efficient windows are important during the summer months for blocking heat from entering your home. But, energy efficiency plays a huge role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens impact energy efficiency? What are the additional benefits to taking window screens off? Here are a couple points to think about:
solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat
inside your home in the winter, screens can actually prevent
the sun’s heat from getting in, too. After all, it might
be cold outside but sunlight will still help keep your home
warm. In fact, a Midcoast
Green Collaborative study indicated that screens left
on in the winter blocked about 30-40 percent of the heat (from the sun) that
otherwise would have gone in to the home.
snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Taking
out your screens can help you avoid
- Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can prevent much needed natural light in the gray winter months. If you don’t already have high transparency screens, such as Pella Windows & Doors - Victoria’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, pulling off your window screens can help let in as much light as you’d like.
As technology has improved, pulling off 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 typically done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be installed. Storm windows help increase efficiency during the winter. However, when homeowners move to double- or triple-pane glass, they no longer need to take extra steps to ensure efficiency during extreme weather.
To hear more about appropriate window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella professionals at 250-475-1277 or stop by our showroom in Victoria.