Even though it can be hard to let go of the beautiful summer season, the fall season in Northern Virginia 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 go back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one task that you want to make sure is 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 time 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 may be better removed from your windows. Here’s the reason:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are another barrier for much desired natural light throughout the dreary winter days. Eliminating 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 sends it toward your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps decrease the amount of snow that can get stuck 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 may 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 requirement. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners don’t need to take additional steps to enhance their energy efficiency in Northern Virginia’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 up to you.
If you have any more questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other inquiries about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the experts at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 571-292-3519, stop by our Northern Virginia showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.