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Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Plattsburgh, NY weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Plattsburgh, NY weather

Here in Plattsburgh, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in some fresh air. But as you gear up for winter, yard and house work always top the to-do list, and one of your tasks will no doubt be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a great time to determine whether you’re going to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve routinely heard us talk about how energy efficient windows are critical during the summer months for blocking heat from getting in your home. But, energy efficiency plays a huge role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens influence energy efficiency? What are the other perks to taking window screens off? Here are three points to take in to consideration:

  • Increased solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens may actually keep the sun’s heat from sneaking 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 gone in to the home.

  • Stops snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Taking out your screens can help you avoid this buildup.

  • Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can block the much needed natural light in the dreary 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 possible.

As technology has advanced, taking off your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and more of a style preference. In the past, taking off your window’s screens was typically done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be added. Storm windows help boost 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 weather.

To find out more about helpful window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella professionals at 518-310-2118 or drop by our showroom in Plattsburgh.

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