Why Cleaning Window Screens Should Be Part of Your Winter Strategy

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Should removing and cleaning the window screens be part of your winter maintenance routine? According to this houzz.com post, there are several benefits to be gained. Simply put, dirty mesh blocks light, heat and the view. For example, you get 30 to 40 percent more light coming in without screens on the windows.  More sunshine means you need less artificial light and can save on energy costs.

 

In addition, removing the screens increases the solar energy getting through to the windows. Improved solar heat gain reduces the need for mechanical heating saving on heating bills. Also, during a storm, snow gets caught between the window and screen which can damage the frame.

 

Wait until after the first freeze, to avoid bugs, and take the opportunity to inspect and repair the screens, where necessary.  To avoid damage, vacuum the screens with a brush attachment. Then, use a soft brush or sponge to gently scrub them with a solution of dish soap and water. Don’t push too hard or the screen will be damaged. Rinse the windows with a hose, wipe them down on both sides and let them dry in the sun.

 

Remember to mark each screen with its corresponding window to make spring installation easier.  Finally, store them in a dry place where they won’t get damaged.  To read more click here.