Here in Boise, we think fall is one of the best
seasons to leave your windows open and let the fresh,
crisp air in. But as you gear up
for winter, yard and house work always top the to-do
list, and one of your jobs will inevitably be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a good
time to decide whether you’d
like to take your window screens off
for the winter.
You’ve frequently seen
us write about how energy efficient windows are
critical during the summer months for blocking heat
from getting in 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
benefits 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 may actually keep
the sun’s heat from sneaking in, too. After all, it might
be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm up your home. In fact, a Midcoast
Green Collaborative study showed 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. Removing screens can help you avoid
- 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, removing your window screens can help let in as much light as possible.
As technology has improved, pulling 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 usually done for windows with
single-pane glass so storm windows could be added. Storm
windows help improve efficiency during the winter.
However, when homeowners switch to double- or triple-pane glass,
they no longer need to take extra steps to ensure efficiency during extreme
To learn more about appropriate
window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows,
call one of our Pella experts at 208-373-0002 or drop
by our showroom in Boise.