Even though it can be hard to let go of the beautiful summer weather, the fall season in Plattsburgh 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 eventful time—children are back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one thing that you want to make sure is on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the upcoming winter.
Window screens are really important in the summer season for blocking heat, having your windows open without letting in debris, and also working to help keep your home energy efficient. However, in the fall months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and might be better removed from your windows. Here’s a few reasons you may want to remove your screens:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are an additional barrier for much wanted natural light through the dreary winter months. Removing your window screens will allow for that much more light to come into your house.
- 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 decrease 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 coming into your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps through the winter months to keep your home energy efficient and warm. A study from Midcoast Green Collaborative showed that screens left on windows in the winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that would’ve entered the home.
Now that you’ve received this information, it’s the perfect 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 requirement. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners aren’t required to take additional steps to enhance their energy efficiency in Plattsburgh’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to ponder with your window screens—the choice is up to you.
If you have any additional questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other inquiries about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the professionals at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 518-310-2118, check out our Plattsburgh showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.