Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Ketchum, ID weather
Here in Ketchum, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in some fresh air. But as you prepare for winter, yard and house work usually top the to-do list, and one of your tasks will no doubt be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a good time to decide whether you’re going to take your window screens off for the winter.
You’ve frequently read about how energy efficient windows are crucial during the summer months for blocking heat from entering your home. But, energy efficiency plays a large role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens influence energy efficiency? What are the other bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are three 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 can actually prevent
the sun’s heat from creeping 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 revealed that screens left
on in the winter blocked about 30-40 percent of the heat (from the sun) that
otherwise would have come inside the home.
snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling out your screens can help inhibit
- Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can keep out much needed natural light in the dreary 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 developed, taking off your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and more of a style preference. In the past, taking off your window’s screens was commonly 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 find out more about appropriate window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella professionals at 208-726-0060 or stop by our showroom in Ketchum.