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Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Davenport, IA weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Davenport, IA weather

Here in Davenport, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let the fresh, crisp air in. But as you prepare for winter, yard and house work usually top the to-do list, and one of your tasks will no doubt be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a great time to determine whether you want to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve routinely heard us talk about how energy efficient windows are critical during the summer months for blocking heat from entering your home. But, energy efficiency plays a huge 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 three points to take in to consideration:

  • Better solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens can actually block the sun’s heat from creeping 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 indicated 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. Pulling out your screens can help prevent this buildup.

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

As technology has advanced, pulling 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 commonly done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be added. Storm windows help improve 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 proper window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella professionals at 563-202-8576 or stop by our showroom in Davenport.

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