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Should you remove your window screen in cooler weather?

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Even though it can be difficult to let go of the beautiful summer weather, the fall season in Peoria is perfect for opening the windows 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 need to remember to include on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the cooler season.

Window screens are really important in the summer months for blocking heat, keeping your windows open without letting in debris, and also working to help keep 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 the reason:

  • Letting in more natural light—Window screens are just one added barrier for much needed natural light throughout the dreary winter days. Taking off your window screens will allow for that much more light to enter your home.
  • Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a huge winter wind whips up snow and directs it toward your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps reduce the amount of snow that can get wedged between your screen and window.
  • Enhancing solar heat gain—Window screens can block not only light from entering your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps through the winter season to keep your home energy efficient and warm. A study from Midcoast Green Collaborative showed that leaving screens on throughout winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that could have entered the home.

Now that you have this background, it’s a good time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before the winter season arrives?” 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 enhance their energy efficiency in Peoria’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to think about with your window screens—the choice is 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 309-306-3893, check out our Peoria showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.