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Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Natick, MA weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Natick, MA weather

Here in Natick, 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 always top the to-do list, and one of your tasks will certainly be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a great time to determine 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 crucial during the summer months for blocking heat from sneaking in your home. But, energy efficiency plays a big role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens play a role in energy efficiency? What are the additional bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are a couple points to consider:

  • Improved solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens can actually block the sun’s heat from sneaking 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 entered the home.

  • Prevents snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling out your screens can help you avoid this buildup.

  • Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can block the 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 possible.

As technology has developed, 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 typically done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be put in. 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 hear more about appropriate window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella professionals at 781-239-1161 or stop by our showroom in Natick.

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