Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Kingston, NY weather
Here in Kingston, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in some fresh air. But as you get ready for winter, yard and house work always top the to-do list, and one of your responsibilities will no doubt be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a great time to choose whether you want to take your window screens off for the winter.
You’ve commonly heard us talk about how energy efficient windows are critical during the summer months for blocking heat from getting 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 benefits to taking window screens off? Here are a few points to consider:
solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat
inside your home in the winter, screens might actually block
the sun’s heat from creeping in, too. After all, it might
be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm your home. 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.
snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Removing screens can help you avoid
- 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 installed. Storm windows help improve efficiency during the winter. However, when homeowners switch 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 845-663-1025 or come by our showroom in Kingston.