Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Calgary, AB weather
Here in Calgary, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in the fresh, crisp air. But as you prepare for winter, yard and house work usually top the to-do list, and one of your tasks will certainly be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a great time to choose whether you want to take your window screens off for the winter.
You’ve commonly seen us write about how energy efficient windows are important during the summer months for blocking heat from getting in your home. But, energy efficiency plays a big role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens influence energy efficiency? What are the other benefits to taking window screens off? Here are a couple points to think about:
solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat
inside your home in the winter, screens might actually block
the sun’s heat from sneaking in, too. After all, it may
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 gone in to the home.
snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling out your screens can help you avoid
- Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can prevent much needed natural light in the dreary winter months. If you don’t already have high transparency screens, such as Pella Windows and Doors’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, pulling off your window screens can help let in as much light as you’d like.
As technology has advanced, taking 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 typically done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be put in. Storm windows help increase 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 find out more about proper window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella professionals at 403-681-6363 or stop by our showroom in Calgary.