Here in Overland Park, we think fall is one of the best
seasons to leave your windows open and let in the fresh, crisp air. But as you gear up
for winter, yard and house work usually top the to-do
list, and one of your tasks will certainly be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a great
time to decide whether you’d
like to take your window screens off
for the winter.
You’ve commonly seen
us write about how energy efficient windows are
crucial during the summer months for blocking heat
from sneaking 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:
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 may
be cold outside but sunlight will still help keep your home
warm. In fact, a Midcoast
Green Collaborative study showed that screens left
on in the winter blocked about 30-40 percent of the heat (from the sun) that
otherwise would have come inside the home.
snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Removing screens can help you avoid
- 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
Pella Windows and Doors’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, pulling
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 increase 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
To find out more about proper
window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows,
call one of our Pella experts at 913-246-5101 or drop
by our showroom in Overland Park.