Even though it can be hard to let go of the beautiful summer season, the fall season in Indianapolis is perfect for keeping your windows open and letting in the fresh air that might have been too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a eventful time—children head back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one task that you want to make sure is 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, allowing your windows to stay 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 could be better removed from your windows. Here’s why:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are just one added barrier for much wanted natural light through the dreary winter months. Taking off your window screens will allow for that much more light to fill your home.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a big winter wind whips up snow and propels it to your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps decrease the amount of snow that can get trapped 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 screens left on windows in the winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that may have 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 extra steps to increase their energy efficiency in Indianapolis’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 all yours.
If you have any additional questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other inquiries about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the team at McComb Window & Door a call at 317-872-9927, stop by our Indianapolis showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.