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Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Scottsdale, AZ weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Scottsdale, AZ weather

Here in Scottsdale, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let the fresh, crisp air in. But as you gear up 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 good time to decide whether you’re going to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve commonly heard us talk about how energy efficient windows are crucial during the summer months for blocking heat from entering your home. But, energy efficiency plays a big role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens impact energy efficiency? What are the additional benefits to taking window screens off? Here are three points to consider:

  • Better solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens might actually prevent the sun’s heat from sneaking in, too. After all, it may be cold outside but sunlight will still help keep your home warm. In fact, a Midcoast Green Collaborative study revealed 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.

  • Prevents snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling out your screens can help you avoid this buildup.

  • Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can block the much needed natural light in the chilly winter months. If you don’t already have high transparency screens, such as Pella Windows and Doors’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, removing your window screens can help let in as much light as you can.

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 commonly done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be added. 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 find out more about appropriate window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella experts at 480-296-2022 or come by our showroom in Scottsdale.

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