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Should you remove your window screen in cooler weather?

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Even though it can be tought to let go of the beautiful summer season, the fall season in Ketchum 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 busy time—children go back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one thing that you need to remember to include on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the cooler season.

Window screens are really important in the summer months for blocking heat, allowing your windows to stay open without letting in debris, and also helping to keep your home energy efficient. However, in the fall months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and might be better removed from your windows. Here’s the reason:

  • Letting in more natural light—Window screens are an additional barrier for much wanted natural light during the dreary winter days. Eliminating your window screens will allow for that much more light to fill your home.
  • Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a big winter wind whips up snow and directs it to your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps lessen 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 reaching your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps throughout the winter season to keep your home energy efficient and warm. A study from Midcoast Green Collaborative showed that screens left on windows in the winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that would’ve entered the home.

With this new information, it’s a good 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 requirement. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners no longer need to take additional steps to improve their energy efficiency in Ketchum’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 up to you.

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 and Doors a call at 208-726-0060, check out our Ketchum showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.