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Why Should You Open Your Windows Once in a While?

Most of today’s indoor spaces have their own climate control, where windows are usually kept closed. However, windows can be opened and closed for a reason — several reasons, in fact — otherwise, window sashes would have been unnecessary. In today’s post, local window and siding replacement company Window World of Boston discusses the reasons why you should open your windows once in a while.

Why Should You Open Your Windows Once in a While?

Indoor Air Quality

According to the EPA, the air quality in indoor spaces can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor spaces. This is because indoor air pollutants can accumulate within a closed space instead of being vented. People who stay indoors for extended times — stay-at-home parents, people who work from home, patients recovering from illnesses, to name a few —  are more vulnerable to health problems caused by poor indoor air quality. Some of the symptoms include headaches, dizziness and irritation of the eyes, nose and throat. Symptoms of diseases such as asthma may show up, or even worsen.

The following are some of the most common sources of indoor air pollutants:

  • Dust from various sources, including dead skin cells and pet dander.
  • Fuel-burning combustion appliances such as a furnace or a cooktop.
  • Indoor smoking, including vaping or use of “electronic” cigarettes.
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from building materials such as plaster, paint and carpeting.
  • Pressed wood products, which usually contain formaldehyde as a preservative.
  • Aerosol sprays and similar products used for cleaning, personal care or hobbies.
  • Uncontrolled sources of humidity.
  • Outdoor sources such as pesticides, radon and vehicle exhaust.

Why Should You Open Your Windows?

The primary benefit of opening your windows is it helps maintain indoor air quality. By opening them for at least 15 minutes a day, you can flush out indoor air pollutants and keep their daily levels to a minimum. If you have an indoor air purifier or scrubber, you’ll find that you won’t need to run it so often.

Some window styles are suitable for certain applications. For example, casement windows can be opened at an angle to catch a cross-breeze, or wind that runs along exterior walls. Another example is double-hung windows, which can be opened in such a way that it has two vents: one for exhaust, the other for intake.

Opening your windows provides more than just fresh air. The following are some of its additional benefits:

  • Get better sleep. Some people claim that outdoor noises, such as traffic or crickets, can help them fall asleep sooner. A cool breeze coming through the windows has been known to have the same effect. If you often have trouble sleeping, opening your windows may just be what you need.
  • Less indoor cooling. Open windows can catch enough airflow to cool an entire house, which can help reduce the need to keep the air conditioner running during hot days.
  • Humidity control. Bathrooms and kitchens have typically high indoor humidity levels because of activities like bathing and cooking. Opening the windows can help flush out excess moisture in the air, which, in itself, can help prevent problems like mold growth and moisture buildup in the attic. Also, you won’t have to run a dehumidifier as often.
  • Reduce odors. Regardless of the source, you won’t want odors to linger — nor would you want to stay indoors, especially if it’s persistent, as is often the case with newly-assembled furniture.
  • Flush out allergens. Some allergies are triggered by pet dander or certain types of household products. Opening your windows can help reduce the concentration of such allergens.

How to Care for Your Windows

Whether you’d prefer to open your window occasionally or keep them open at all times, you’ll want to give your windows some love and care. Here are some tips on how to care for them:

  • Clean them regularly. Clean windows facilitate better views, and they help make your home look better. More importantly, clean windows are easier to open and close because the window hardware won’t be hindered by dirt and grime. It’s important to note that the cleaning process will vary depending on the maintenance requirements. Vinyl windows are generally easier to keep clean because the frames and sashes can be washed with just plain water. In comparison, wood frames may require resealing or repainting to avoid moisture damage, which can cause the frames to expand and make opening and closing more difficult. If you are planning on getting new windows, choose the ones with removable, tiltable or offset sashes, as they’re easier and safer to clean.
  • Lubricate the moving parts. Window hardware usually requires lubricant to ensure reliable operation. Many of today’s window mechanisms require silicone-based lubricants, but some may work with petroleum-based products. Make it a point to check the care and maintenance manual first before buying any lubricating product.
  • Use window screens. If your windows didn’t come with screens, get some aftermarket ones. Screens help prevent insects and particles like pollen from getting in. Window screens typically have steel mesh, but corrosion-proof options like nylon are also available.
  • Install window stoppers. Window stoppers are a safety measure. They keep window sashes in place, preventing them from being opened too widely or accidentally slamming down on your fingers. They also help keep young children or pets from accidentally stepping onto open windows.
  • Remove obstacles. Furniture and other large objects can obstruct airflow, as well as prevent you from thoroughly cleaning your windows. Keep the windows free of obstructions to allow airflow. Also, choose window treatments that can be easily drawn when needed.

Ultimately, regularly opening your windows can be beneficial to your health and comfort, without requiring additional equipment or window replacement. Of course, if you are in the market for new windows, features that allow easy operation and maintenance can go a long way.

Talk to our team at Window World of Boston about the benefits of windows or our other services by giving us a call at (781) 262-3925 (Woburn), (781) 343-7129 (Pembroke) or (508) 845-6676 (Shrewsbury). You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.

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