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Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Binghamton, NY weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Binghamton, NY weather

Here in Binghamton, 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 usually top the to-do list, and one of your responsibilities will inevitably be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a good 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 critical during the summer months for blocking heat from entering your home. But, energy efficiency plays a large role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens impact energy efficiency? What are the other 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 may actually block the sun’s heat from getting in, too. After all, it may be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm 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 come inside the home.

  • Prevents snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Taking out your screens can help you avoid 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, taking off your window screens can help let in as much light as you’d like.

As technology has advanced, removing your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and more of a style preference. In the past, taking off your window’s screens was typically done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be added. Storm windows help improve 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 hear more about proper window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella specialists at 607-296-0475 or come by our showroom in Binghamton.

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