Even though it can be hard to let go of the beautiful summer temps, the fall season in Albuquerque is perfect for keeping your windows open and letting in the fresh air that might have been too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a hectic time—children head back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one thing that you won’t want to forget on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the upcoming winter.
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 cooler months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and may be better removed from your windows. Here’s a few reasons you may want to remove your screens:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are another barrier for much desired natural light throughout the dreary winter months. Taking off your window screens will allow for that much more light to enter your home.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a massive winter wind whips up snow and propels it at your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps lessen the amount of snow that can get trapped between your screen and window.
- Enhancing solar heat gain—Window screens can block not only light from entering your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps throughout the winter days to keep your home energy efficient and warm. A study from Midcoast Green Collaborative showed that screens left on windows in the winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that would’ve entered the home.
With this new information, it’s a great time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before winter hits?” 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 enhance their energy efficiency in Albuquerque’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to ponder with your window screens—the choice is all 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 experts at Pella Windows and Doors Southwest a call at 505-373-1296, check out our Albuquerque showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.