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Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Decatur, IL weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Decatur, IL weather

Here in Decatur, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in the fresh, crisp air. But as you prepare for winter, yard and house work always top the to-do list, and one of your tasks will no doubt be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a good time to determine whether you’d like to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve frequently seen us write about how energy efficient windows are important 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 influence energy efficiency? What are the additional bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are a few points to take in to consideration:

  • Increased solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens may actually keep 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 gone in to the home.

  • Prohibits snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Removing screens can help you avoid this buildup.

  • Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can block the much needed natural light in the dreary winter months. If you don’t already have high transparency screens, such as Pella Windows and Doors’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, taking off your window screens can help let in as much light as you’d like.

As technology has developed, taking off your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and more of a style preference. In the past, pulling off your window’s screens was typically done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be added. Storm windows help boost efficiency during the winter. However, when homeowners switch to double- or triple-pane glass, they no longer need to take extra steps to ensure efficiency during extreme weather.

To find out more about appropriate window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella professionals at 217-423-7722 or stop by our showroom in Decatur.

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