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Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Murray, Kentucky weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Murray, Kentucky weather

Here in Murray, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in some fresh air. But as you get ready for winter, yard and house work always top the to-do list, and one of your jobs will no doubt be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a perfect time to determine whether you want to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve commonly read about how energy efficient windows are important during the summer months for blocking heat from entering 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 perks to taking window screens off? Here are a few points to take in to consideration:

  • Better solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens can actually keep the sun’s heat from sneaking in, too. After all, it could be cold outside but sunlight will still help keep your home warm. In fact, a Midcoast Green Collaborative study showed that screens left on in the winter blocked about 30-40 percent of the heat (from the sun) that otherwise would have gone in to the home.

  • Stops snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Taking out your screens can help inhibit this buildup.

  • Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can prevent much needed natural light in the gray winter months. If you don’t already have high transparency screens, such as Pella Windows and Doors’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, removing your window screens can help let in as much light as you can.

As technology has advanced, removing 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 put in. 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 proper window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella professionals at 270-216-5253 or drop by our showroom in Murray.

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