Even though it can be hard to let go of the beautiful summer temps, the fall season in Mt. Pleasant is perfect for keeping your windows open and letting in the fresh air that was likely too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a busy time—children head back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one task that you want to make sure is on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the upcoming winter.
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 cooler months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and could be better removed from your windows. Here’s a few reasons you may want to remove your screens:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are just one added barrier for much wanted natural light throughout the dreary winter days. Removing your window screens will allow for that much more light to enter your home.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a massive winter wind whips up snow and propels it at your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps reduce 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 reaching your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps during the winter days 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 good time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before winter hits?” As technology has improved, removing window screens has become more of a style preference instead of a necessity. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners no longer need to take additional steps to enhance their energy efficiency in Mt. Pleasant’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to think about with your window screens—the choice is all yours.
If you have any further questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other inquiries about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the team at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 989-317-2558, visit our Mt. Pleasant showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.