Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Kelowna, B.C. weather
Here in Kelowna, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in the fresh, crisp air. But as you get ready for winter, yard and house work typically top the to-do list, and one of your jobs will inevitably be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a perfect time to determine whether you’re going to take your window screens off for the winter.
You’ve frequently read about how energy efficient windows are crucial during the summer months for blocking heat from sneaking in your home. But, energy efficiency plays a large role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens play a role in energy efficiency? What are the added benefits to taking window screens off? Here are three points to take in to consideration:
solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat
inside your home in the winter, screens may actually block
the sun’s heat from getting 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 come inside the home.
snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Removing screens can help inhibit
- Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can block the much needed natural light in the dreary winter months. If you don’t already have high transparency screens, such as Pella Windows & Doors - Kelowna’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, taking off your window screens can help let in as much light as you’d like.
As technology has improved, pulling off your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and more of a style preference. In the past, pulling off your window’s screens was usually done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be installed. Storm windows help boost efficiency during the winter. However, when homeowners move 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 helpful window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella specialists at 250-863-7902 or drop by our showroom in Kelowna.