Last summer my husband and I took a two-week trip to visit family. Not wanting to leave our pet cats closed up in a sweltering house we decided to purchase six adjustable screen window louvers. They turned out to be a very good investment.
These window louvers fit windows that measure 21 to 37 inches across the opening. They are fitted with a screen on one side and metal louvers on the other. The screen prevents insects from entering your home and the metal louvers allow breezes to flow through easily. Water, however, can not enter, even during heavy down pours. They look neat and orderly when in place and are barely noticeable at all from the outside.
Because these window louvers are adjustable, they are easy to install. You simply open the window and slide them into place then close the window down on top. The breeze blows through without rain, bugs, leaves or other debris getting into your home. We placed one in each upstairs window. They worked great. Now I do not worry about remembering to close the windows at night or while I am away. If a storm blows up suddenly, it is not a cause for concern; I know the window louvers are in place.
These adjustable screen window louvers were, indeed, a good investment but there are some things you will need to consider if you decide to purchase some. First, I do not recommend using them on the ground floor of your home or anywhere windows are easily accessible from the outside. They would make it very easy to raise the window and gain access to your home. Likewise, during long absences you will want to have a friend check in occasionally, just to be sure a strong storm has not knocked them out of the windows. This has not happened to me but it is certainly not impossible. For everyday use, mixed with common sense, these louvers work great.
I purchased these louvers from the Home Trends catalog. The regular price is about $18.99 each but they frequently go on sale for as low as $14.99 each. You can also purchase them online at http://www.shophometrends.com.