Even though it can be hard to let go of the beautiful summer season, the fall season in Edmonton is perfect for opening up your windows and letting in the fresh air that was likely too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a hectic time—children go back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one item that you need to remember to include on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the upcoming winter.
Window screens are really important in the summer season for blocking heat, keeping your windows open without letting in debris, and also working to help keep your home energy efficient. However, in the fall months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and could be better removed from your windows. Here’s a few reasons you may want to remove your screens:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are just one added barrier for much wanted natural light throughout the dreary winter season. Taking off your window screens will allow for that much more light to enter your home.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a big winter wind whips up snow and directs it toward your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps reduce the amount of snow that can get stuck between your screen and window.
- Enhancing solar heat gain—Window screens can block not only light from coming into 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 keeping screens on the windows during winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that would’ve entered the home.
With this new information, it’s a good time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before winter hits?” As technology has improved, removing window screens has become more of a style preference instead of a requirement. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners don’t need to take additional steps to enhance their energy efficiency in Edmonton’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 yours.
If you have any further questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other concerns about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the team at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 780-439-9344, stop by our Edmonton showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.