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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 season, the fall season in Wilmington is perfect for keeping your windows open and letting in the fresh air that might have been too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a busy 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 time for blocking heat, keeping your windows open without letting in debris, and also assisting with keeping your home energy efficient. However, in the fall months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and might be better removed from your windows. Here’s why:

  • Letting in more natural light—Window screens are another barrier for much desired natural light through the dreary winter days. Taking off your window screens will allow for that much more light to fill your home.
  • Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a big winter wind whips up snow and directs it at your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps lessen 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 coming into your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps throughout 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 would’ve entered the home.

With this new information, it’s a good 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 don’t need to take additional steps to improve their energy efficiency in Wilmington’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 all yours.

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 professionals at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 910-218-9596, visit our Wilmington showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.