Should I Remove Screens from My Windows During the Winter?

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Do you need to remove screens from your windows before winter comes?

Now that winter is here, snow is blowing all around your home and coating the sidewalks, and your ice scraper is getting a regular workout, it’s time to decide what to do with your window screens. Should you remove screens from your windows during the winter months?

What Should You Do with the Screens?

Most home experts suggest that you remove screens from your windows during the winter months. Removing the screens will allow up to an amazing 40% more natural light to enter your windows. They also block out solar heat, which is useful in the summer but less important during the winter. If you remove screens on windows near sunny spots in your home, you might be surprised how warm the room gets without you ever turning the thermostat on. Removing screens from your windows during the winter can lower your energy bills thanks to the increase in natural light and solar heat.

Protect Your Home from Storms?

Winter weather is another reason that you should consider removing screens from your windows during the winter. Windy snowstorms or ice storms can wreak havoc on your window screens and trap moisture and precipitation between your window screen and the window itself. Trapped snow and ice can cause damage to your window frames and window sills, particularly if they are wooden and susceptible to rot and insect infestation. The weight of the ice and snow itself can also damage the screens, as they aren’t made to support that weight.

Use it as a Chance to Clean

Removing screens from your windows is also a great way to clean off the screens and keep them in good condition. Over the course of the spring and summer they accumulate debris, pollen, and dead bugs. By waiting until after the first freeze and temperatures are cooler, it’s safe to remove screens and give them a thorough cleaning.

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