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Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Portsmouth, NH weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Portsmouth, NH weather

Here in Portsmouth, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in the fresh, crisp air. But as you gear up for winter, yard and house work always top the to-do list, and one of your responsibilities will certainly be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a good time to determine whether you’re going to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve commonly heard us talk about how energy efficient windows are important during the summer months for blocking heat from getting in 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 bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are a couple points to take in to consideration:

  • Increased 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 warm up your home. In fact, a Midcoast Green Collaborative study revealed that screens left on in the winter blocked about 30-40 percent of the heat (from the sun) that otherwise would have entered the home.

  • Prevents snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Removing screens can help you avoid this buildup.

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

As technology has developed, taking off 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 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 experts at 603-945-0181 or stop by our showroom in Portsmouth.

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