Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Baton Rouge, Louisiana weather
Here in Baton Rouge, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in some fresh air. But as you get ready for winter, yard and house work usually top the to-do list, and one of your tasks will inevitably be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a good 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 crucial during the summer months for blocking heat from getting in your home. But, energy efficiency plays a large role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens impact energy efficiency? What are the additional bonuses 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 might actually prevent
the sun’s heat from getting in, too. After all, it could
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 entered 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 prevent 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, removing your window screens can help let in as much light as possible.
As technology has improved, 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 commonly done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be installed. 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 hear more about proper window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella professionals at (877) 680-9334 or drop by our showroom in Baton Rouge.