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Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Mankato, Minnesota weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Mankato, Minnesota weather

Here in Mankato, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in some fresh air. But as you gear up 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 perfect time to decide whether you’d like to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve commonly heard us talk about how energy efficient windows are crucial 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 impact energy efficiency? What are the additional bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are three points to consider:

  • Better solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens can actually block the sun’s heat from sneaking in, too. After all, it could be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm your home. 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.

  • Prohibits snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling out your screens can help prevent 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 Pella Windows and Doors’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, removing your window screens can help let in as much light as you can.

As technology has developed, removing your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and more of a style preference. In the past, removing your window’s screens was usually done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be installed. Storm windows help increase efficiency during the winter. However, when homeowners move 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 helpful window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella specialists at 507-625-6933 or come by our showroom in Mankato.

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