Our Philippine House Project – Window Screens

Our Philippine Household Venture – Window Screens

Our Philippine Household Undertaking – Window Screens and Kulambos

Of course we constantly prepared to have screens on the windows and doorways of our new household, but we procrastinated. Screens on casement windows are a bit complicated. The window sash open up out, so exterior screens won’t perform. Considering the fact that the window handles and latches are on the inside of the screens have to present entry to those people. Some use sliding screens with a observe best and base. Some have tiny screened doors which can open up so you can achieve the handles to open up and close the home windows. Yet another chance are fully hinged screens which open up in. See a dialogue of the pluses and minuses of casement and sliding home windows Right here.  Anyway, we finished up going in in advance of any screens have been mounted. In Bob’s 9 months at the occupation web-site he rarely at any time observed a mosquito. This was a mystery as our assets is surrounded by moist rice fields and pastures. After we moved in we recognized that our mosquitos have been only active at night. They would cover in darkish places in the home and occur out to feed soon after darkish.


Screen with hinged door to attain window handles

Sliding screens

The simple fact is that lots of Filipinos reside without the need of window screens, even rather upscale families. We little by little acquired the ropes. At initial we’d leave our home windows open up all the time. That worked through the day, but following darkish hordes of bugs would be attracted to the lights within our dwelling. They had to be swept up in the early morning. We acquired to shut the home windows right before turning on the inside of lights. Then, when we flip out our lights and go to bed, we reopen the windows. The amazing breezes hurry in. Almost no bugs come in, even though flies can be a trouble.

What about the mosquitos at night time? We slept below a mosquito internet referred to as a kulambo. These nets, specially formed to in good shape in excess of beds, are obtainable in many sizes and colors at the bedding division at SM Metropolis. They give almost complete safety as very long as the kulambo is tucked below the mattress.  If a Filipino few are on superior conditions they are mentioned to be sleeping underneath the kulambo, but if the spouse is terrible he will be out of the kulambo!

Bednet or Kulambo

So, will we put in screens or not? Almost certainly, but for now it is attention-grabbing to check out daily life with no them.  Previously we could have hardly ever conceived of not obtaining screens but now we superior realize why so lots of Philippine homes do not have them. I have read that screens minimize down on air transfer by fifty percent, even when thoroughly clean. When they are soiled they move tiny air.  They also block the vistas out the windows. Screens are highly-priced and inconvenient. Cleaning screens, in particular ones as substantial as ours, is a serious nuisance.  On a great day we open all our home windows and come to feel like we are almost outside the house.  We have in the Philippines in residences with screens and we have had mosquitoes problems at the very least as undesirable as we have in our new home. A person detail we do miss is remaining in a position to depart our home windows open up all the time.  Without screens we have to close them at sunset or we do get an invasion of bugs.  In our new home it is a little bit complicated to depart windows open up all the time because the home is in a windy locale so a sudden tropical rainstorm can make havoc.

When we lived in Iloilo Metropolis we could depart or windows open up except if there was a major storm.  Here virtually any rain will be blown into our house.  For that rationale, we have to shut all our home windows when we depart the house to go to city.  We also frequently near them at night time for the identical rationale.  A nighttime rain storm will get us out of mattress to close windows — except they are presently closed. We also sense that possessing them closed considerably enhances our security as an intruder would have to crack a window to gain entry and that would likely wake us up.

As you can almost certainly convey to we are ambivalent about window screens.  We decided to exam screens in a person of our bedrooms to see how significantly great they did and how effectively they worked mechanically.  We employed Iloilo Glass Enterprise to make the screens.  (See our previous article about Iloilo Glass: https://myphilippinelife.com/our-philippine-dwelling-job-iloilo-glass-services/)  We fulfilled with Iloilo Glass to figure out the greatest sort of screen for our big 5′ x 8′ home windows.  We ended us with a monitor with a durable body and four hinged display sections.  The hinges are stainless steel and the latches are magnetic.  A solitary display fees P8,000 or just about $200 (US). We mounted the monitor the only bed room which has only one window.  Here’s what it seems like:

Mounted screen with hinged monitor panels open up

We’ve lived with this screen for around six months.  Really, we really do not see ample rewards to cause us to hurry to have much more put in, particularly considering that it would price tag virtually P100,000 to do all the home windows.  Cleaning these screens is a little bit of a dilemma as the screen panels are not removable.  We may possibly attempt screens with two sliding panels.  They may well function as perfectly, price tag fewer and be a lot easier to clean.  Stay tuned!