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Should you remove your window screen in cooler weather?

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Even though it can be hard to let go of the beautiful summer weather, the fall season in Boise is perfect for opening the windows and letting in the fresh air that might 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 task that you need to remember to include on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the colder months.

Window screens are really important in the summer season for blocking heat, having your windows 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 may be better removed from your windows. Here’s why:

  • Letting in more natural light—Window screens are an additional barrier for much wanted natural light through the dreary winter months. Removing your window screens will allow for that much more light to come into your house.
  • Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a huge winter wind whips up snow and directs it toward your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps decrease the amount of snow that can get stuck between your screen and window.
  • Enhancing solar heat gain—Window screens can block not only light from entering your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps through 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 could have entered the home.

Now that you’ve received this information, 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 requirement. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners don’t need to take additional steps to increase their energy efficiency in Boise’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to consider with your window screens—the choice is yours.

If you have any more questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other questions about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the professionals at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 208-373-0002, stop by our Boise showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.