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Should you remove your window screen in cooler weather?

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Even though it can be tought to let go of the beautiful summer weather, the fall season in Fall River is perfect for opening the windows and letting in the fresh air that may 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 item that you need to remember to include on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the colder months.

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 cooler months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and may be better removed from your windows. Here’s a few reasons you may want to remove your screens:

  • Letting in more natural light—Window screens are an additional barrier for much needed natural light throughout the dreary winter season. Taking off your window screens will allow for that much more light to enter your home.
  • Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a big winter wind whips up snow and directs it to your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps reduce 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 entering your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps during 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 would’ve entered the home.

Now that you have this background, it’s the perfect 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 need. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners no longer need to take more steps to enhance their energy efficiency in Fall River’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 further questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other questions about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the team at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 508-939-3464, stop by our Fall River showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.