Seasonal window cleaning; to screen or not to screen?
Hi! I'm Caroline (in North Dakota) and while I've been a Garden Web member for eons, and usually post on the KT; I thought I'd ask for some advice here, too.
Do you keep your window screens up year round, or do you remove them for the winter?
I clean windows twice a year. Winters are so dark here; I want every speck of light to find its way into the house.
Seven of the windows are double-hungs. The sashes tilt in so I can clean both sides of the glass from inside the house. This is the best feature of the new windows.
The worst feature is the windows' screens. They cover the entire window area; the old windows had half screens. I have to either remove the entire screen (which I usually drop and then have to go outside to retrieve ) or just wipe at the sills and pushing some of the grime under the edge of the screens' frame.
So, long question longer...
Do you think the screens would protect the windows from some of the dirt? I'm in an industrial farming land area, with open prairies, very strong winds and clouds of dust at times. The screens get very dirty between washings. Winter brings some dust relief since everything is frozen and covered with feet of snow. Still the winds will scour the snow from some of the fields an flying dirt can still be an issue.
I have to keep one screen on in the front of the house. The east window in my sewing room faces the bird feeding tree. If I take that screen off I get too many fatal bird strikes. I keep it on to protect the birds.
Should I take off all the other screens, and get more light in winter; or leave the screens on and deal with the shading and dirty sills?
From the front of the house you see the larger living room window, no screens, and the tall sewing room window with a full screen, but it is partially blocked by the white spruce tree.
I'm in an old, plain, tired house, in an old, plain, tired town. The neighboring homes' windows are a mish-mash - some windows have screens; some don't; some screens are removable; some are tacked on. I don't "have to fit a pattern" but I do want my house to look as tidy and cared for as possible.