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Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Fall River, MA weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Fall River, MA weather

Here in Fall River, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in the fresh, crisp air. But as you prepare for winter, yard and house work always top the to-do list, and one of your jobs will no doubt be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a good time to determine whether you want to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve frequently seen us write 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 impact energy efficiency? What are the added perks to taking window screens off? Here are three points to consider:

  • Better solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens might actually block the sun’s heat from getting in, too. After all, it may be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm up your home. In fact, a Midcoast Green Collaborative study revealed that screens left on in the winter blocked about 30-40 percent of the heat (from the sun) that otherwise would have entered the home.

  • Prevents snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Removing screens can help prevent this buildup.

  • Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can keep out much needed natural light in the gray winter months. If you don’t already have high transparency screens, such as Pella Windows and Doors’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, taking off your window screens can help let in as much light as you’d like.

As technology has advanced, taking off your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and more of a style preference. In the past, pulling off your window’s screens was commonly done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be put in. 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 hear more about proper window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella experts at 508-939-3464 or come by our showroom in Fall River.

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