Here in Beltsville, we think fall is one of the best
seasons to leave your windows open and let in the fresh, crisp air. But as you gear up
for winter, yard and house work usually top the to-do
list, and one of your tasks will certainly be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a great
time to choose whether you’re going to take your window screens off
for the winter.
You’ve frequently seen
us write about how energy efficient windows are
critical during the summer months for blocking heat
from entering your home. But, energy efficiency
plays a big role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens
influence energy efficiency? What are the additional
benefits to taking window screens off? Here are a
few points to think about:
solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat
inside your home in the winter, screens can actually keep
the sun’s heat from sneaking in, too. After all, it could
be cold outside but sunlight will still help keep your home
warm. In fact, a Midcoast
Green Collaborative study showed that screens left
on in the winter blocked about 30-40 percent of the heat (from the sun) that
otherwise would have gone in to the home.
snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Removing screens can help inhibit
- Allows in
more natural light. Conventional screens can prevent much needed natural light in the dreary winter
months. If you don’t already have high transparency screens, such as
Pella Windows and Doors ’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, removing your window screens can help let in as much light as you’d like.
As technology has improved, removing your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and
more of a style preference. In the past, removing
your window’s screens was usually 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
To find out more about appropriate
window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows,
call one of our Pella experts at (301) 327-3013 or drop
by our showroom in Beltsville.