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:
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.
snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling out your screens can help prevent
- 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
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.