Even though it can be tought to let go of the beautiful summer season, the fall season in Norwalk is perfect for opening the windows and letting in the fresh air that was likely too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a busy time—children are back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one task that you won’t want to forget 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 months for blocking heat, having your windows open without letting in debris, and also helping to keep your home energy efficient. However, in the colder months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and could be better removed from your windows. Here’s why:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are an additional barrier for much needed natural light through the dreary winter months. Taking off your window screens will allow for that much more light to enter your home.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a massive winter wind whips up snow and directs it to your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps lessen the amount of snow that can get trapped between your screen and window.
- Enhancing solar heat gain—Window screens can block not only light from coming into 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 keeping screens on the windows during winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that could have entered the home.
Now that you’ve received this information, it’s the perfect time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before the winter season arrives?” As technology has improved, removing window screens has become more of a style preference instead of a need. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners no longer need to take extra steps to improve their energy efficiency in Norwalk’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to ponder 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 concerns about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the professionals at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 203-663-3778, stop by our Norwalk showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.