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How Windows Contribute to Indoor Air Quality

Windows do more than just capture a view and allow natural light into your home — they also provide ventilation. In today’s post, Renewal by Andersen® of Kansas City takes a look at the role that windows play in your home’s ventilation system, and how they help maintain indoor air quality.

Common Indoor Air Pollutants

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the level of indoor air pollutants can be up to five times higher than outdoor levels. Many types of indoor air pollutants originate from common indoor items such as:

  • Household products. Certain kinds of plastics and paint products, as well as furniture made with pressed wood chips, may off-gas particles in small amounts that can accumulate over time. Aerosolized products likewise emit particles that tend to linger in closed environments.

  • Poorly-maintained air ducts. Dust, dirt and microbes in the ductwork may get redistributed to other parts of the house. Mold spores may also find their way in the air ducts and multiply sight unseen.

  • Daily activities. Housekeeping activities, such as cleaning and maintenance, can release particles and humidity that contribute to indoor air pollution. Anyone in your household can track dirt and pollen through your shoes, hair and clothing. Other activities such as cooking and indoor smoking may likewise add to air pollutants in your home.

How Can Windows Help Improve Indoor Air Quality?

Regularly opening your windows for at least 15 minutes a day can provide ventilation that helps flush out indoor air pollutants and maintain indoor air quality. The key to effective ventilation is good airflow: one window flushes out indoor air and creates a pressure difference that pulls fresh air through another open window.

While all windows can provide ventilation, the right window style can help optimize airflow. For example, windows with two sashes, like double-hung windows, can be opened to have two openings — making such window styles ideal for small rooms. Another example is casement windows, which can be opened to catch a side breeze. To prevent dust, pollen and insects from getting into your home, install screens on your windows. Our TruScene® insect screens are designed to let in over 25% more fresh air, with 50% greater clarity than other window screens.

Learn more about the benefits of our replacement windows by reaching out to Renewal by Andersen of Kansas City. Give us a call at (913) 956-0887, or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We serve communities in Olathe and Independence, MO.

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