Here in Casper, we think fall is one of the best
seasons to leave your windows open and let the fresh,
crisp air in. But as you prepare
for winter, yard and house work typically top the to-do
list, and one of your jobs will inevitably be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a good
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
crucial 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
impact energy efficiency? What are the added
bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are three points to consider:
solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat
inside your home in the winter, screens might actually prevent
the sun’s heat from sneaking in, too. After all, it could
be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm 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. Removing screens can help prevent
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more natural light. Conventional screens can prevent much needed natural light in the dreary winter
months. If you don’t already have high transparency screens, such as
Prairie Pella Wyoming LLC’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, pulling
off your window screens can help let in as much light as you’d like.
As technology has advanced, taking
off your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and
more of a style preference. In the past, taking off
your window’s screens was typically done for windows with
single-pane glass so storm windows could be added. Storm
windows help boost efficiency during the winter.
However, when homeowners change to double- or triple-pane glass,
they no longer need to take extra steps to ensure efficiency during extreme
To find out more about helpful
window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows,
call one of our Pella professionals at 307-234-1518 or come
by our showroom in Casper.