Even though it can be difficult to let go of the beautiful summer temps, the fall season in Hingham 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 busy time—children go back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one item that you won’t want to forget on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the colder months.
Window screens are really important in the summer months 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 throughout the dreary winter days. Removing 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 propels it to 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 reaching your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps through the winter days to keep your home energy efficient and warm. A study from Midcoast Green Collaborative showed that keeping screens on the windows during winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that would’ve entered the home.
Now that you have this background, it’s a great 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 no longer need to take extra steps to enhance their energy efficiency in Hingham’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 all yours.
If you have any further questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other questions about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the professionals at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 781-826-8005, visit our Hingham showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.