Even though it can be tought to let go of the beautiful summer weather, the fall season in Santa Fe is perfect for opening the windows and letting in the fresh air that may have been too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a hectic time—children go back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one task that you want to make sure is 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 time for blocking heat, allowing your windows to stay open without letting in debris, and also assisting with keeping your home energy efficient. However, in the colder months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and may be better removed from your windows. Here’s the reason:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are an additional barrier for much needed natural light throughout the dreary winter days. Taking off your window screens will allow for that much more light to fill your home.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a huge winter wind whips up snow and sends it at your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps lessen the amount of snow that can get wedged between your screen and window.
- Enhancing solar heat gain—Window screens can block not only light from reaching your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps through the winter months to keep your home energy efficient and warm. A study from Midcoast Green Collaborative showed that leaving screens on throughout winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that could have entered the home.
With this new information, it’s a good time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before the winter season arrives?” As technology has improved, removing window screens has become more of a style preference instead of a necessity. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners aren’t required to take extra steps to improve their energy efficiency in Santa Fe’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to consider with your window screens—the choice is all yours.
If you have any additional questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other inquiries about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the professionals at Pella Windows and Doors Southwest a call at 505-373-1286, visit our Santa Fe showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.