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Should you remove your window screen in cooler weather?

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Even though it can be hard to let go of the beautiful summer season, the fall season in Kansas City is perfect for keeping your windows open and letting in the fresh air that was likely too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a eventful time—children go back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one task that you won’t want to forget on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the colder months.

Window screens are really important in the summer months 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 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 days. Eliminating your window screens will allow for that much more light to fill your home.
  • Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a big 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 trapped between your screen and window.
  • Enhancing solar heat gain—Window screens can block not only light from entering your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps through the winter season 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 may have 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 improve their energy efficiency in Kansas City’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 further questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other questions about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the professionals at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 913-246-5101, visit our Kansas City showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.