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Should you remove your window screen in cooler weather?

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Even though it can be difficult to let go of the beautiful summer season, the fall season in Baton Rouge is perfect for keeping your windows open and letting in the fresh air that might have been too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a busy 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 months for blocking heat, having your windows open without letting in debris, and also helping to keep your home energy efficient. However, in the cooler months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and could be better removed from your windows. Here’s the reason:

  • Letting in more natural light—Window screens are an additional barrier for much wanted natural light during the dreary winter season. Eliminating your window screens will allow for that much more light to enter your home.
  • Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a massive winter wind whips up snow and propels it toward your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps reduce 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 entering your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps through the winter days 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’ve received this information, it’s a great 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 no longer need to take extra steps to enhance their energy efficiency in Baton Rouge’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 further 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 (225) 217-2592, visit our Baton Rouge showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.