Even though it can be difficult to let go of the beautiful summer temps, the fall season in Cheyenne 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 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 season for blocking heat, allowing your windows to stay open without letting in debris, and also working to help keep your home energy efficient. However, in the colder 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 another barrier for much wanted natural light during the dreary winter season. Removing your window screens will allow for that much more light to come into your house.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a big winter wind whips up snow and directs it at 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 throughout the winter months 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 may have entered the home.
With this new information, it’s a great 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 need. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners no longer need to take more steps to increase their energy efficiency in Cheyenne’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 further questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other inquiries about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the professionals at Prairie Pella Wyoming LLC a call at 307-632-6373, check out our Cheyenne showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.