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Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Hingham, MA weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Hingham, MA weather

Here in Hingham, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in some fresh air. But as you get ready for winter, yard and house work typically top the to-do list, and one of your tasks will inevitably be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a good time to decide whether you want to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve commonly seen us write about how energy efficient windows are crucial 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:

  • Better solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens can actually keep the sun’s heat from getting in, too. After all, it could 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.

  • Stops snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling out your screens can help you avoid this buildup.

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

As technology has improved, removing your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and more of a style preference. In the past, pulling off your window’s screens was commonly done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be installed. Storm windows help boost 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 hear more about proper window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella experts at 781-826-8005 or drop by our showroom in Hingham.

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