For many people, it is not surprising to hear that indoor air quality can have a major impact on your quality of life. When the air quality your lungs have access to isn’t the best possible, even just a few minutes of exposure can affect your health in negative ways. While leaving your windows closed is not everyone’s thing, a small part of the population prefers to keep their shutters shut all year round. There are many reasons why you might choose to leave your windows open or closed. Sometimes, it’s a preference, other times, windows just can’t open or shut. Has someone ever told you that you can improve your indoor air quality if you never open your windows? Is this true? Keep reading to learn more!
What happens to air quality indoors if you never open your windows?
Research says that negative air quality can cause permanent health damage. Here’s what you should know about the importance of air quality, and why windows should be opened for at least a portion of the day.
What Bad Air Quality Does to Your Health
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for the measurement of air quality, and the associated health risks that can arise from a lack of airflow or quality air. Indoor air quality is essential for good health. Without it, the health consequences could be harmful – and could, in fact, be fatal.
Irritation or damage to the skin, lungs, eyes, and heart are common consequences of indoor pollutants. Headaches, asthma attacks, and repeated infections can also accompany a lack of good air.
Learn more: Indoor Air Quality
The Real-Time Air Quality Map
It can be important to know the quality of the air outside of your house, too. Outdoor air quality has a direct impact on how controlled the flow inside your home needs to be in order to retain quality air. People living in highly polluted areas should rely heavily on air-conditioning to improve the airflow of their homes. If not, you are just letting polluted or unfiltered air straight into your home.
Thanks to AQICN.org, you can check a real-time air quality map of the United States to find out what the air quality is in your area. (https://aqicn.org/map/usa)
Also, watch the general air-quality map for your area through the initiative AirNow.gov. (https://www.airnow.gov/national-maps)
Why Open Windows?
Open windows do two important things for your house and the people who are inside it:
- Old, stagnant air is let out through the open window;
- Good and clean air is let back in
Without opening your windows, oftentimes you’re stuck in stagnant air. Smells and dust particles can’t be filtered out, but remain inside – much like the flow that a slow cooker creates when you close the lid. Opening your home windows is like the release of opening a pot lid: a rush of fresh air comes in, and what’s trapped inside is allowed to go out.
Stagnant air is dangerous and can present a health risk to the inhabitants of a house (or the workers in an office environment). Open windows at least once every few hours to make sure that cleaner air is let in, and that nothing hazardous is accidentally contained indoors.
Windows Can’t Open… Now What?
The most common reason for people to not open their windows is that they physically can’t open them. Some window frames can rust, while others might have been hammered or painted shut by previous owners. Other times, it’s just a low-quality or old window frame that no longer has the movement it once did.
If your windows can’t open, it’s time to consider home window replacement from a trusted window company near you. The Omaha window replacement professionals at Discount Window and Door of Omaha are ready to help you retake control over your indoor air quality. Contact us today for a FREE estimate.
Discount Window and Door of Omaha
At Discount Window and Door of Omaha, we are committed to providing the best quality doors and replacement windows. We employ the most skilled installers to ensure the highest standard of quality service. Our Omaha door and window installers are highly trained, certified industry professionals with years of experience, including some second and third-generation employees.