Even though it can be difficult to let go of the beautiful summer weather, the fall season in Kingston is perfect for opening up your windows and letting in the fresh air that may have been too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a eventful time—children head back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one item that you won’t want to forget 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 season for blocking heat, having your windows open without letting in debris, and also assisting with keeping 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 why:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are another barrier for much needed natural light throughout the dreary winter season. Taking off your window screens will allow for that much more light to fill your home.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a huge winter wind whips up snow and sends 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 entering your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps through 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 extra steps to increase their energy efficiency in Kingston’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to consider 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 team at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 845-663-1025, stop by our Kingston showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.