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Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Casper, Wyoming weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Casper, Wyoming weather

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:

  • Improved 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.

  • Stops snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Removing screens can help prevent this buildup.

  • Allows in 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 weather.

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.

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