Even though it can be difficult to let go of the beautiful summer temps, the fall season in Champaign is perfect for opening up your windows and letting in the fresh air that might have been too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a hectic time—children head back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one task that you want to make sure is 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 time for blocking heat, having your windows open without letting in debris, and also assisting with keeping your home energy efficient. However, in the colder months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and may be better removed from your windows. Here’s the reason:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are just one added barrier for much desired natural light during the dreary winter season. Removing your window screens will allow for that much more light to fill your home.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a big winter wind whips up snow and propels 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 months 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 would’ve entered the home.
With this new information, it’s a good time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before winter hits?” As technology has improved, removing window screens has become more of a style preference instead of a requirement. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners don’t need to take more steps to increase their energy efficiency in Champaign’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 up to you.
If you have any further questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other questions about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the experts at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 217-356-6474, stop by our Champaign showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.