By Craig Fischer, Shepley Wood Products
With the increase in winter storm intensity and rising electric and gas rates, is there any help on the way?
Here are some helpful tips about windows in your home that will help with energy efficiency and performance moving forward.
People ask me all the time, “Should I keep my window screens on all year or remove them for the winter?” Homes have either double-hung and gliding windows with the screens located on the exterior, or casement and awning windows with screens are located on the interior. If your double-hung screens are still on your units, I hope the blizzards did not damage the screen mesh and frames from the trapped snow.
Fall is a perfect time to remove your window screens as the daily temperatures drop, and each day, the sunlight gets shorter. The most important reason to remove your window screens in the winter is to improve solar heat gain or SHG. SHG is the amount of solar energy that penetrates a window. For windows that face the sun primarily toward the south and east, SHG is desirable in the winter because it helps to heat up a room simply from the energy of the sun. Window screens block 30 percent of the passive solar sunlight! You want this increased warmth in rooms receiving the direct sun, and this will help save money on heating bills and reduce the workload of your heating system.
The photo here is an Andersen Storm combination unit that gives a belt and suspender system for the 200 Series Narroline, 400 Series Tiltwash – Woodwright, and the 400 Series Gliding Windows for the winter months. The combination unit has an aluminum frame with an upper and lower glass panel and includes a half screen made to fit in the same window frame as your screen. There are wing clips similar to a window screen that secures the unit to the frame. This photo is actually from my house with 1983 Narroline Double Hungs. It takes me about one minute a window to remove the full screen and install this storm combination unit for the winter. I remove the half screen prior to installation since I want the additional benefit of the passive solar secondary glass surface that blocks driving wind, rain and snow for the winter. The combination storm window traps a pocket of air between itself and the window, creating a thermal barrier to improve the window’s insulating properties.
We live in one for the harshest weather environments in the country for windows and doors. I am proud that Andersen Windows and Doors provide aesthetics, performance, and quality. Everyone is welcome to visit the Shepley Showcase Showroom in Hyannis to review the wide range of window and door solutions for your upcoming projects.
Craig Fischer is a Shepley Andersen Window Specialist covering Dennis to Provincetown. You can reach Craig at 774-836-3068.