Even though it can be hard to let go of the beautiful summer season, the fall season in Southern Pines is perfect for opening the windows and letting in the fresh air that was likely 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 thing that you want to make sure is on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the cooler season.
Window screens are really important in the summer time for blocking heat, having 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 might be better removed from your windows. Here’s the reason:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are another barrier for much needed natural light during the dreary winter days. Eliminating your window screens will allow for that much more light to come into your house.
- 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 wedged 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 keeping screens on the windows during winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that could have entered the home.
With this new information, it’s a great 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 necessity. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners no longer need to take more steps to enhance their energy efficiency in Southern Pines’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 additional questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other inquiries about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the professionals at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 910-444-0729, visit our Southern Pines showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.