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Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Lethbridge, AB weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Lethbridge, AB weather

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

You’ve frequently read about how energy efficient windows are critical during the summer months for blocking heat from sneaking in your home. But, energy efficiency plays a large role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens play a role in energy efficiency? What are the other bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are a couple points to take in to consideration:

  • Better 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 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 revealed 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.

  • Prevents snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling out your screens can help you avoid this buildup.

  • 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, 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, removing your window’s screens was usually done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be installed. 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 weather.

To hear more about helpful window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella specialists at 403-328-2517 or drop by our showroom in Lethbridge.

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