Even though it can be difficult to let go of the beautiful summer temps, the fall season in El Paso is perfect for opening the windows and letting in the fresh air that was likely 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 need to remember to include 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, having your windows open without letting in debris, and also assisting with keeping your home energy efficient. However, in the colder 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 another barrier for much wanted natural light through the dreary winter days. Eliminating your window screens will allow for that much more light to enter your home.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a huge winter wind whips up snow and directs it toward your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps lessen the amount of snow that can get stuck 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 during the winter season 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 could have entered the home.
With this new information, it’s the perfect time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before the winter season arrives?” As technology has improved, removing window screens has become more of a style preference instead of a requirement. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners aren’t required to take additional steps to improve their energy efficiency in El Paso’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 up to you.
If you have any further 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 Southwest a call at 915-833-3066, stop by our El Paso showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.