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Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Lafayette, IN weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Lafayette, IN weather

Here in Lafayette, 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 typically top the to-do list, and one of your tasks will no doubt be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a good time to determine whether you’re going to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve commonly seen us write about how energy efficient windows are critical during the summer months for blocking heat from getting in your home. But, energy efficiency plays a big role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens play a role in energy efficiency? What are the other benefits to taking window screens off? Here are a few points to consider:

  • Improved solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens can actually prevent the sun’s heat from creeping 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 indicated 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.

  • Stops snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling out your screens can help prevent this buildup.

  • Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can keep out much needed natural light in the chilly winter months. If you don’t already have high transparency screens, such as McComb Window & Door’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, pulling off your window screens can help let in as much light as possible.

As technology has developed, 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 added. Storm windows help improve efficiency during the winter. However, when homeowners change to double- or triple-pane glass, they no longer need to take extra steps to ensure efficiency during extreme weather.

To learn more about appropriate window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella specialists at 317-983-5804 or stop by our showroom in Lafayette.

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