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Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Bloomington, IN, IN weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Bloomington, IN, IN weather

Here in Bloomington, IN, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in some fresh air. But as you gear up for winter, yard and house work typically top the to-do list, and one of your tasks will certainly be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a perfect time to determine whether you’re going to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve routinely heard us talk about how energy efficient windows are crucial during the summer months for blocking heat from sneaking in your home. But, energy efficiency plays a large role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens play a role in energy efficiency? What are the added bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are a few points to consider:

  • Improved solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens can actually keep the sun’s heat from creeping in, too. After all, it could be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm up 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 gone in to the home.

  • Prohibits 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 McComb Window & Door’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, pulling off your window screens can help let in as much light as you can.

As technology has advanced, removing 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 typically done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be installed. Storm windows help boost efficiency during the winter. However, when homeowners move 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 specialists at 812-333-6371 or stop by our showroom in Bloomington, IN.

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