Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Edmonton, AB weather
Here in Edmonton, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in some fresh air. But as you gear up for winter, yard and house work usually top the to-do list, and one of your responsibilities will certainly be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a perfect time to decide whether you want to take your window screens off for the winter.
You’ve frequently heard us talk about how energy efficient windows are critical during the summer months for blocking heat from sneaking in your home. But, energy efficiency plays a huge role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens influence energy efficiency? What are the additional perks to taking window screens off? Here are a couple 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 might actually block
the sun’s heat from getting in, too. After all, it may
be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm up your home. 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 entered the home.
snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Taking
out your screens can help prevent
- Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can block the 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, taking off your window screens can help let in as much light as you can.
As technology has developed, removing 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 usually done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be added. Storm windows help boost efficiency during the winter. However, when homeowners change to double- or triple-pane glass, they no longer need to take extra steps to ensure efficiency during extreme weather.
To learn more about proper window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella specialists at 780-439-9344 or come by our showroom in Edmonton.