Should you remove your window screen in cooler weather?
Even though it can be difficult to let go of the beautiful summer temps, the fall season in Kelowna is perfect for opening the windows and letting in the fresh air that might have been too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a hectic time—children are back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one thing 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 months for blocking heat, keeping 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 may be better removed from your windows. Here’s why:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are an additional barrier for much wanted natural light throughout 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 propels it toward your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps lessen 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 entering your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps throughout the winter months 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 would’ve entered the home.
Now that you have this background, it’s a great 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 don’t need to take extra steps to enhance their energy efficiency in Kelowna’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 additional questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other concerns about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the professionals at Pella Windows & Doors - Kelowna a call at 250-863-7902, visit our Kelowna showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.