Spring is here, and it’s finally that time when we can open our windows and doors. Aside from the happy feelings we get from nice weather and the ability to “let the outside in,” there are some major benefits to keeping your windows and doors open, and I’d like to go over just a few of them in case you’re the type of person who’s inclined to turn the A/C on just a little early.
First of all, open windows and doors provide great ventilation. They allow a continual circulation of air, removal of stale air and dust that are often unhealthy, and a more even pressure balance in the home. Constant ventilation also means decreased condensation, less risk for mold and mildew growth, and removal of potentially toxic indoor air pollutants. As if that weren’t enough, opening your windows and doors often means allowing additional sunlight into your home, which helps your mood and even your physical health.
The positive effects of open windows and doors are pretty obvious in terms of mood and health, but there are financial benefits as well. A steady flow of fresh air means a diminished need for running air conditioners, ceiling fans and other power consuming systems that cost money. Instead of wasting energy (and money) unnecessarily, we can reap the free benefits of nature. It’s a true win-win.
Of course, be sure that your windows and doors are screened if you keep them open to prevent insects and debris from getting in. Along those lines, it’s a good idea to take some time to inspect your screens at the beginning of the warm season, and periodically thereafter, to make sure no new tears or holes have formed in them since they’re prone to damage.
Last but not least, keep your windows and doors open as long as you can! Take full advantage of the nice season and fresh air, and don’t be in a hurry to turn on the central air or ceiling fans. You’ll likely be pleasantly surprised by how much better you feel all around, and your house will reap the benefits as well!
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