Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Owensboro, KY weather
Here in Owensboro, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in some fresh air. But as you get ready for winter, yard and house work always top the to-do list, and one of your responsibilities will no doubt be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a great time to decide whether you’re going to take your window screens off for the winter.
You’ve routinely read 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 added bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are a few points to take in to consideration:
solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat
inside your home in the winter, screens might actually prevent
the sun’s heat from getting in, too. After all, it may
be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm up your home. 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 entered the home.
snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Removing screens can help prevent
- Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can block the 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 can.
As technology has advanced, 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 usually done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be added. 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 proper window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella experts at 270-684-3028 or stop by our showroom in Owensboro.