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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 weather, the fall season in San Antonio is perfect for opening the windows and letting in the fresh air that may have been too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a busy 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 cooler season.

Window screens are really important in the summer time for blocking heat, having your windows open without letting in debris, and also working to help 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 an additional barrier for much desired natural light throughout the dreary winter season. Taking off your window screens will allow for that much more light to fill your home.
  • Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a massive winter wind whips up snow and directs it toward your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps decrease 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 throughout the winter days to keep your home energy efficient and warm. A study from Midcoast Green Collaborative showed that leaving screens on throughout winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that could have entered the home.

Now that you have this background, it’s a good time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before winter is here?” 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 San Antonio’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 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 experts at Pella Windows and Doors a call at (210) 622-8673, visit our San Antonio showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.