Should you remove your window screen in cooler weather?
Even though it can be hard to let go of the beautiful summer temps, the fall season in Bloomington, IN is perfect for keeping your windows open and letting in the fresh air that was likely too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a hectic time—children are 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 upcoming winter.
Window screens are really important in the summer months for blocking heat, keeping your windows open without letting in debris, and also helping to keep your home energy efficient. However, in the colder months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and may 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. Removing your window screens will allow for that much more light to fill your home.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a massive winter wind whips up snow and directs it at your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps decrease 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 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 may have entered the home.
With this new information, it’s the perfect time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before winter hits?” 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 aren’t required to take extra steps to enhance their energy efficiency in Bloomington, IN’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 further questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other concerns about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the experts at McComb Window & Door a call at 812-333-6371, check out our Bloomington, IN showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.