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Should you remove your window screen in cooler weather?

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Even though it can be hard to let go of the beautiful summer temps, the fall season in Newport is perfect for keeping your windows open 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 want to make sure is 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 season for blocking heat, having your windows open without letting in debris, and also helping to keep your home energy efficient. However, in the fall months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and may be better removed from your windows. Here’s the reason:

  • Letting in more natural light—Window screens are just one added barrier for much wanted natural light through 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 massive winter wind whips up snow and sends it to your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps reduce 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 during the winter season 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 could have entered the home.

With this new information, it’s the perfect 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 need. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners don’t need to take additional steps to enhance their energy efficiency in Newport’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 more questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other questions about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the experts at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 401-314-0814, check out our Newport showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.