Most of today’s homes rely on HVAC systems for ventilation, which means windows are closed most of the time. However, opening your windows every once in a while can be beneficial. Local window replacement company Renewal by Andersen® of Seattle takes a look at these benefits.
Improve Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than the outdoors, according to the EPA. Air pollutants can take the form of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from common household materials like paint, plastics and aerosols. Dust, pet dander and mold spores can likewise affect indoor air quality. While there are mechanical solutions like air purifiers, there is another that doesn’t require an additional purchase — your windows.
Opening your windows for at least 15 minutes a day can help flush out indoor air pollutants and maintain indoor air quality. To create airflow, you need two openings: as one window vents indoor air, it creates negative air pressure that pulls fresh air through the other window. In a smaller room, you can create two openings in one double-hung window with both sashes positioned in the middle of the frame.
Connect to the Outdoors
Open windows can create a greater connection with your outdoor space. While large windows and patio doors let you appreciate a great view, an open window enhances the experience as it catches a breeze, as well as the scent of salt air if you happen to have a coastal property. Having this connection to the immediate outdoors can help reduce stress and improve your overall well-being.
Energy-efficient windows can help you save on your cooling bills because they help reduce heat gain when closed. On clear and windy days, the same windows can help you save on your cooling bills even further by cooling your home with a nice breeze. Additionally, the reduced HVAC workload means less strain on the system, which can help stave off a repair appointment or two.
Renewal by Andersen of Seattle offers replacement window styles that facilitate ventilation, as well as a host of other features. Find out more by giving us a call at (206) 777-0954 or filling our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We serve Bellevue and the surrounding communities.