Windows serve a multitude of functions, from encouraging the access of natural light into your home to offering refreshing ventilation. But did you know the replacement windows you choose to install in your home can vastly help improve indoor air quality?
The air you breathe inside your home can put you and your family at risk due to the presence of chemicals, gases and microorganisms, which are pollutants that can all trigger or worsen allergies and respiratory illnesses. To prevent these health problems from affecting your family, you need effective ways to eliminate the source of that indoor air pollution. Cover your trash to prevent the infestation of pests. Regularly vacuum your floor to get rid of dust. Sanitize all surfaces regularly, including bathrooms and kitchens.
Pollutants like radon, volatile organic compounds and mold can compromise indoor air quality and cause health problems. If there’s a smoker in the house, that secondhand smoke can worsen asthma symptoms in kids. Gases like carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide can get trapped inside your home, originating from fuel-burning appliances such as gas stoves, space heaters and fireplaces.
Ventilation and Shading
Air can enter a home in many different ways, including through natural ventilation with windows and doors. Ventilation and shading can help control indoor temperatures. Ventilation removes or dilutes indoor airborne pollutants originating from indoor sources, thereby reducing the level of contaminants and improving indoor air quality (IAQ), says the EPA. It advises homeowners to carefully evaluate existing ventilation to reduce indoor air pollutants where there may be outdoor sources of pollutants nearby, such as smoke or refuse.
Natural ventilation can improve indoor air quality by reducing pollutants that are inside. You can achieve natural ventilation by opening up your windows and doors or by using appropriate shading such as closing blinds.
The Best Windows
Operable windows, meaning any window that can be opened, are crucial for ventilation. Their presence is especially important in high-moisture rooms like the bathroom and kitchen. Ventilation allows you to draw in fresh air and exhaust all that stale air. It basically introduces fresh air into your home’s HVAC system, flushing out some of the pollutants from the indoor air.
The best choices for ventilation are casement, sliding and double-hung windows, as they can easily be opened to allow for ventilation. Picture, bay and bow windows typically do not open and therefore can’t be used to let in fresh air. However, if you can combine the two for a blend of function and aesthetics, you will be OK.
Opening your windows when you can is great if the outdoor air quality is better than the indoor. But when the outdoor air quality is compromised, you need properly sealed windows in your home to keep outdoor air pollutants at bay. This is especially critical if you live near a major roadway, construction site or smog-prone area.
Contact Rescom Exteriors
If you have noticed gaps or cracks in your windows or you want to improve your home’s air quality, you may need replacement windows. For that, contact Rescom Exteriors for help. Our trained technicians can assess the situation and make a recommendation on the best products for you.