Even though it can be hard to let go of the beautiful summer season, the fall season in Washington DC 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 hectic time—children head back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one task that you want to make sure is 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 time for blocking heat, keeping your windows open without letting in debris, and also working to help keep your home energy efficient. However, in the colder months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and might be better removed from your windows. Here’s why:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are an additional barrier for much desired natural light through the dreary winter months. Eliminating your window screens will allow for that much more light to come into your house.
- 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 decrease the amount of snow that can get wedged between your screen and window.
- Enhancing solar heat gain—Window screens can block not only light from reaching your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps during the winter months to keep your home energy efficient and warm. A study from Midcoast Green Collaborative showed that leaving screens on throughout winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that could have entered the home.
With this new information, it’s a great time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before winter is here?” As technology has improved, removing window screens has become more of a style preference instead of a necessity. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners don’t need to take additional steps to increase their energy efficiency in Washington DC’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to think about 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 (202) 810-6799, stop by our Washington DC showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.