Even though it can be tought to let go of the beautiful summer temps, the fall season in Casper is perfect for opening the windows and letting in the fresh air that might have been too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a busy 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 months for blocking heat, keeping your windows open without letting in debris, and also helping to keep your home energy efficient. However, in the cooler 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 an additional barrier for much needed natural light during the dreary winter season. Eliminating your window screens will allow for that much more light to come into your house.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a massive winter wind whips up snow and sends 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 entering your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps during the winter days to keep your home energy efficient and warm. A study from Midcoast Green Collaborative showed that screens left on windows in the winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that may have entered the home.
Now that you have this background, it’s the perfect 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 requirement. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners aren’t required to take additional steps to enhance their energy efficiency in Casper’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to think about with your window screens—the choice is up to you.
If you have any additional questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other inquiries about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the team at Prairie Pella Wyoming LLC a call at 307-234-1518, check out our Casper showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.