Even though it can be hard to let go of the beautiful summer season, the fall season in Providence 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 eventful time—children are back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one thing that you won’t want to forget 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, keeping your windows open without letting in debris, and also working to help keep your home energy efficient. However, in the colder months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and could be better removed from your windows. Here’s the reason:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are just one added barrier for much wanted natural light throughout the dreary winter months. Taking off your window screens will allow for that much more light to enter your home.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a big winter wind whips up snow and sends 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 coming into your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps throughout 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 would’ve entered the home.
Now that you have this background, it’s the perfect time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before winter is here?” 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 more steps to improve their energy efficiency in Providence’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to ponder with your window screens—the choice is 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 experts at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 508-413-3004, check out our Providence showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.