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Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Providence, Massachusetts weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Providence, Massachusetts weather

Here in Providence, 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 usually top the to-do list, and one of your jobs will inevitably be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a great time to determine whether you’re going to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve commonly seen us write about how energy efficient windows are critical during the summer months for blocking heat from sneaking in your home. But, energy efficiency plays a huge 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 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 may actually block the sun’s heat from getting in, too. After all, it may be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm 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.

  • Prohibits snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Taking out your screens can help inhibit 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, taking off your window screens can help let in as much light as you’d like.

As technology has advanced, taking 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 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 learn more about proper window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella professionals at 508-413-3004 or stop by our showroom in Providence.

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