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Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Indianapolis, IN weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Indianapolis, IN weather

Here in Indianapolis, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let the fresh, crisp air in. But as you gear up for winter, yard and house work usually top the to-do list, and one of your tasks will inevitably be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a great time to choose whether you’d like 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 large role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens influence energy efficiency? What are the additional benefits to taking window screens off? Here are a couple points to take in to consideration:

  • Increased solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens may actually block the sun’s heat from creeping in, too. After all, it may be cold outside but sunlight will still help keep your home warm. In fact, a Midcoast Green Collaborative study revealed that screens left on in the winter blocked about 30-40 percent of the heat (from the sun) that otherwise would have gone in to the home.

  • Prevents snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Taking out your screens can help prevent this buildup.

  • Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can block the much needed natural light in the dreary winter months. If you don’t already have high transparency screens, such as McComb Window & Door’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, pulling 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 installed. Storm windows help improve 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 hear more about helpful window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella professionals at 317-983-5922 or come by our showroom in Indianapolis.

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