Even though it can be hard to let go of the beautiful summer weather, the fall season in Minneapolis is perfect for opening the windows and letting in the fresh air that was likely too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a eventful time—children go back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one item that you want to make sure is on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the colder months.
Window screens are really important in the summer time for blocking heat, keeping your windows open without letting in debris, and also working to help keep your home energy efficient. However, in the cooler months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and might be better removed from your windows. Here’s a few reasons you may want to remove your screens:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are another barrier for much needed natural light throughout the dreary winter months. Removing your window screens will allow for that much more light to fill your home.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a huge winter wind whips up snow and directs it to your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps lessen the amount of snow that can get wedged 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 days to keep your home energy efficient and warm. A study from Midcoast Green Collaborative showed that leaving screens on throughout winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that may have entered the home.
Now that you’ve received this information, it’s the perfect time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before the winter season arrives?” As technology has improved, removing window screens has become more of a style preference instead of a need. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners no longer need to take more steps to improve their energy efficiency in Minneapolis’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to consider with your window screens—the choice is all yours.
If you have any more questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other questions about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the team at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 612-249-7371, check out our Minneapolis showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.