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

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

Here in Muncie, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let the fresh, crisp air in. But as you get ready for winter, yard and house work typically top the to-do list, and one of your jobs will inevitably be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a great time to choose whether you’re going to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve routinely 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 huge role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens impact energy efficiency? What are the other bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are a few points to consider:

  • Improved solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens may actually keep the sun’s heat from creeping 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 showed that screens left on in the winter blocked about 30-40 percent of the heat (from the sun) that otherwise would have entered 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 McComb Window & Door’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, removing your window screens can help let in as much light as you can.

As technology has developed, pulling off your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and more of a style preference. In the past, removing your window’s screens was commonly done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be put in. Storm windows help improve efficiency during the winter. However, when homeowners switch to double- or triple-pane glass, they no longer need to take extra steps to ensure efficiency during extreme weather.

To learn more about appropriate window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella experts at 317-983-5642 or come by our showroom in Muncie.

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