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Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Albuquerque, New Mexico  weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Albuquerque, New Mexico weather

Here in Albuquerque, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let the fresh, crisp air in. But as you gear up for winter, yard and house work typically top the to-do list, and one of your tasks will inevitably be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a perfect time to choose whether you’re going 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 added perks to taking window screens off? Here are a few points to think about:

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

  • Prevents snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Removing screens can help inhibit this buildup.

  • 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 Southwest’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, taking off your window screens can help let in as much light as you can.

As technology has improved, removing 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 boost 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 hear more about proper window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella professionals at 505-373-1296 or stop by our showroom in Albuquerque.

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