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Should you remove your window screen in cooler weather?

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Even though it can be hard to let go of the beautiful summer weather, the fall season in Scottsdale 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 busy time—children go 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 upcoming winter.

Window screens are really important in the summer months for blocking heat, allowing your windows to stay open without letting in debris, and also assisting with keeping your home energy efficient. However, in the cooler 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 an additional barrier for much needed natural light throughout the dreary winter season. Eliminating your window screens will allow for that much more light to come into your house.
  • Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a big winter wind whips up snow and propels it to your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps decrease the amount of snow that can get trapped between your screen and window.
  • Enhancing solar heat gain—Window screens can block not only light from reaching your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps through the winter months 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 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 no longer need to take additional steps to increase their energy efficiency in Scottsdale’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 up to you.

If you have any more questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other questions about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the team at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 480-296-2022, visit our Scottsdale showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.