Even though it can be difficult to let go of the beautiful summer weather, the fall season in Salt Lake City is perfect for opening the windows and letting in the fresh air that may have been 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 need to remember to include 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 season for blocking heat, keeping your windows open without letting in debris, and also working to help keep your home energy efficient. However, in the cooler months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and might be better removed from your windows. Here’s the reason:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are just one added 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 big winter wind whips up snow and directs it at your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps reduce the amount of snow that can get stuck 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 throughout 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’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 requirement. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners no longer need to take more steps to enhance their energy efficiency in Salt Lake City’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 more 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 385-203-8083, visit our Salt Lake City showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.