Even though it can be hard to let go of the beautiful summer temps, the fall season in Lethbridge is perfect for opening the windows and letting in the fresh air that may have been too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a eventful time—children head back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one task that you need to remember to include on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the cooler season.
Window screens are really important in the summer season for blocking heat, keeping your windows open without letting in debris, and also helping to keep your home energy efficient. However, in the colder months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and might be better removed from your windows. Here’s the reason:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are just one added barrier for much wanted natural light throughout the dreary winter days. 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 to your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps reduce 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 reaching 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 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 necessity. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners don’t need to take extra steps to improve their energy efficiency in Lethbridge’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 additional questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other concerns about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the professionals at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 403-328-2517, stop by our Lethbridge showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.