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Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Cheyenne, Wyoming weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Cheyenne, Wyoming weather

Here in Cheyenne, 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 certainly be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a good time to decide whether you’d like to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve routinely read about how energy efficient windows are critical 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 play a role in energy efficiency? What are the added bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are a few points to take in to consideration:

  • Improved solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens might actually keep the sun’s heat from sneaking in, too. After all, it may be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm up your home. In fact, a Midcoast Green Collaborative study indicated 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 inhibit this buildup.

  • Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can block the much needed natural light in the chilly winter months. If you don’t already have high transparency screens, such as Prairie Pella Wyoming LLC’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, pulling off your window screens can help let in as much light as you can.

As technology has improved, pulling off 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 put in. Storm windows help improve efficiency during the winter. However, when homeowners change to double- or triple-pane glass, they no longer need to take extra steps to ensure efficiency during extreme weather.

To learn more about proper window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella professionals at 307-632-6373 or drop by our showroom in Cheyenne.

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