Why Opening Your Windows Is Good for You (and for the Environment)
Warm, sunny days give us the perfect excuse to throw open our windows and doors to let in some fresh air. In addition to fresh air, open doors and windows bring in the sounds of nature—birds chirping, the breeze blowing, natural water sources flowing. Open windows can boost mood and create a welcoming home, but we mustn’t ignore the fact that open windows are also good for the environment in several ways. Using less energy by not running the air conditioner is the most obvious environmental benefit of opening windows and doors on nice days.
Healthy living in Walla Walla County, WA begins at home, from your quality of sleep to the food you eat to the air you breathe. Today, we’d like to focus on the last point: fresh indoor air. Here’s why opening your windows is good for you, your family and the environment:
- Improves indoor air quality: It may surprise you to learn that indoor air pollution is often way worse than the air outside, but it’s true. The reality is that poor indoor air quality is responsible for causing raging allergy symptoms and all sorts of human illnesses. The fact of the matter is that many cases are directly related to how the home was constructed, because many homes are built to be airtight to conserve energy. And when windows and doors remain shut, unhealthy levels of air pollutants can accumulate inside.
- Pushes out air pollutants: Cigarette smoke, radon gas, leached chemicals from furnishing materials, fumes from chemical cleaning solutions, paints and solvents and more can pollute indoor air. Opening windows and doors from time to time allows fresh air to spread throughout your home, and it doesn’t hurt to get air-purifying houseplants to help make the air healthier to breathe.
- Circulates the air naturally: Having a couple windows open is a great way to circulate your indoor air. If there’s no breeze, you can turn on a room fan to help circulate the fresh outdoor air throughout the house or a specific room.
- Lowers energy consumption: Allowing a cool breeze into your home through open windows can reduce the indoor temperature without having to run the air conditioner or fans. This reduces reliance on electricity and fossil fuels and saves you money on energy bills.
- Reduces the need for air fresheners: Fresh air can quickly remove bad odors from the air inside your home. It cleans the air in your home naturally so you don’t have to use chemical air fresheners or cleaners.
- Less allergen buildup: Open windows can actually cut down on the need to use electricity-powered cleaning tools like vacuums and air purifiers. When fresh air circulates throughout your house, allergens such as dust, pollen and pet dander don’t have time to build up, meaning there’s less to clean up and fewer spores floating around indoors to make you sneeze.
Here at Supreme Cleaning Services, residential cleaning is one of our specialties. Don’t hesitate to contact our team to learn more about the benefits of having clean indoor air in Walla Walla County, WA or to schedule a cleaning service!
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