Here in Tucson, we think fall is one of the best
seasons to leave your windows open and let in the fresh, crisp air. But as you get ready
for winter, yard and house work usually top the to-do
list, and one of your responsibilities will no
doubt 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 commonly read about how energy efficient windows are
important during the summer months for blocking heat
from getting in your home. But, energy efficiency
plays a large role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens
play a role in energy efficiency? What are the added
bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are a couple points to take in to consideration:
solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat
inside your home in the winter, screens may actually prevent
the sun’s heat from getting in, too. After all, it could
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.
snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling out your screens can help you avoid
- Allows in
more natural light. Conventional screens can prevent 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 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 commonly done for windows with
single-pane glass so storm windows could be added. Storm
windows help increase 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 hear more about appropriate
window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows,
call one of our Pella experts at 520-428-0648 or come
by our showroom in Tucson.