Even though it can be tought to let go of the beautiful summer season, the fall season in Woburn is perfect for opening the windows and letting in the fresh air that was likely too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a eventful time—children head back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one item that you won’t want to forget 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, keeping 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 could 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 another barrier for much needed natural light through the dreary winter months. Removing your window screens will allow for that much more light to fill your home.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a huge winter wind whips up snow and propels it toward your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps lessen the amount of snow that can get stuck 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 throughout the winter months 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 could have entered the home.
Now that you have this background, it’s the perfect time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before winter hits?” 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 don’t need to take more steps to increase their energy efficiency in Woburn’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 all yours.
If you have any more questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other inquiries about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the team at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 781-209-6814, stop by our Woburn showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.