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

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

Here in Santa Fe, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in some fresh air. But as you prepare for winter, yard and house work always top the to-do list, and one of your jobs will no doubt 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 routinely heard us talk about how energy efficient windows are important during the summer months for blocking heat from entering your home. But, energy efficiency plays a big role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens play a role in energy efficiency? What are the added 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 creeping in, too. After all, it might 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.

  • Stops snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling 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 gray winter months. If you don’t already have high transparency screens, such as Pella Windows and Doors Southwest’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, removing your window screens can help let in as much light as you can.

As technology has developed, pulling off your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and more of a style preference. In the past, removing your window’s screens was typically done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be installed. Storm windows help increase 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 helpful window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella professionals at 505-373-1286 or drop by our showroom in Santa Fe.

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