Summer is here and that means it’s time to open up our homes to the precious few months of warmth and sunlight. Hanging out on a screened in porch is perhaps one of my favorite summertime activities, being outside and able to enjoy the air and the breeze, with none of the bugs. With a good book and cold beverage, it can feel as though all is right in the world.
Screens can change the space we operate in. Open up a whole new world, literally. The feel of a cool summer breeze without the bugs and debris can make all the difference in your home. Having proper screening in your home will improve your summer experience.
There is a kind of relief and satisfaction that spreads in the summer, when it’s time to take off the storm windows and open everything up. Letting fresh air into places that have been feeling stale and stagnant for months. Literally breathing new air, and new life into your home. As wonderful a feeling as this can be, often times fresh air isn’t the only thing we invite in to our homes by doing this. Depending upon the day or which way the wind blows, any number of things can crawl, climb or fly through our open windows.
This is where the screens come in. Though we often forget in the winter months the damaged states of your screens. You put it off because it was the end of the season and time to put the storm windows in anyway. But now it’s next season, and there is still a giant hole in your screen. Sure, you might convince yourself it kind of works ok, but we all know that’s not really true.
When you are lying comfortably in bed and that one mosquito is buzzing around, you will realize the time, money and efforts are worth it to get that screen fixed. So do yourself a favor and fix the screen or get a new one. Do what you have to, but do it now. The long awaited summer has finally arrived, and it’s time to open up and let the air in.
The following is a true story, adapted from a 1921 edition of the American Journal of Ophthalmology...