Even though it can be tought to let go of the beautiful summer temps, the fall season in Lafayette is perfect for keeping your windows open 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 thing that you won’t want to forget 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 season for blocking heat, having your windows open without letting in debris, and also assisting with keeping your home energy efficient. However, in the colder months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and might be better removed from your windows. Here’s why:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are another barrier for much needed natural light during the dreary winter days. Eliminating your window screens will allow for that much more light to fill your home.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a massive winter wind whips up snow and directs it at your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps reduce the amount of snow that can get wedged between your screen and window.
- Enhancing solar heat gain—Window screens can block not only light from reaching 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 keeping screens on the windows during winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that may have entered the home.
Now that you’ve received this information, it’s a good 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 additional steps to increase their energy efficiency in Lafayette’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 yours.
If you have any more questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other concerns about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the experts at McComb Window & Door a call at 317-983-5804, visit our Lafayette showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.