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Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Mt. Pleasant, MI weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Mt. Pleasant, MI weather

Here in Mt. Pleasant, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in the fresh, crisp air. But as you gear up for winter, yard and house work typically top the to-do list, and one of your tasks will certainly be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a good time to choose whether you’d like to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve routinely heard us talk 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 impact energy efficiency? What are the additional perks to taking window screens off? Here are a couple points to take in to consideration:

  • Better solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens can actually keep the sun’s heat from getting in, too. After all, it could be cold outside but sunlight will still help keep your home warm. In fact, a Midcoast Green Collaborative study indicated that screens left on in the winter blocked about 30-40 percent of the heat (from the sun) that otherwise would have entered the home.

  • Prohibits snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling out your screens can help prevent this buildup.

  • Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can prevent 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 developed, removing your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and more of a style preference. In the past, removing your window’s screens was commonly done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be added. Storm windows help boost efficiency during the winter. However, when homeowners change to double- or triple-pane glass, they no longer need to take extra steps to ensure efficiency during extreme weather.

To hear more about proper window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella professionals at 989-317-2558 or come by our showroom in Mt. Pleasant.

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