Here in Minneapolis, we think fall is one of the best
seasons to leave your windows open and let in some fresh air. But as you gear up
for winter, yard and house work always top the to-do
list, and one of your jobs will certainly be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a great
time to decide whether you want to take your window screens off
for the winter.
You’ve routinely seen
us write about how energy efficient windows are
important during the summer months for blocking heat
from sneaking in your home. But, energy efficiency
plays a huge role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens
impact energy efficiency? What are the other
perks to taking window screens off? Here are a
few points to consider:
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 might
be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm up your home. 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 come inside the home.
snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling out your screens can help you avoid
- Allows in
more natural light. Conventional screens can prevent much needed natural light in the gray winter
months. If you don’t already have high transparency screens, such as
Pella Windows and Doors’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, pulling
off your window screens can help let in as much light as possible.
As technology has advanced, pulling 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 commonly done for windows with
single-pane glass so storm windows could be put in. Storm
windows help increase 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
To hear more about appropriate
window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows,
call one of our Pella experts at 612-249-7371 or come
by our showroom in Minneapolis.