We often rely on our casement windows when we want fresh air indoors. Though ventilation is a good thing, not all homeowners take advantage of it. It could be due to how the home isn’t set up to remove any existing pollutants. Not letting the structure “breathe” worsens indoor air quality. The air, in fact, is much worse than the air outside, and it can lead to several health issues. This article explains more about this problem.
Poor Indoor Air Quality
Studies have shown that 90% of homes have toxic dust, which we inhale every day. It can be a bad thing, especially since we spend most of our time indoors. Apart from the lack of ventilation, various factors such as structural risks and poor building materials can compromise the quality of air inside homes.
One primary cause of this points to the products and other materials found indoors, many of which release volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. These include paints on walls and ceilings, carpets, furniture, detergents and appliances. Indeed, these pollutants are health hazards that put people at risk of eye, nose, and throat irritation, headaches, nausea and central nervous system damage.
The Need to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Poor indoor air quality is among the top five health hazards in the U.S., according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Most of our lives are spent indoors, further increasing the risk of VOCs and other pollutants to our health. This is why Renewal by Andersen®, the premier window company, offers customizable windows and doors that are responsibly manufactured to deter the effects of bad air quality.
Ventilating the home starts with windows. A window replacement may also be in order for homeowners, especially if the current ones no longer function as intended. In any case, having these fixtures help circulate the air while carrying low-quality air out of the home.
Trust Renewal by Andersen® of Kansas City as your contractor should you decide to pursue replacement windows. Call us at (913) 956-0887 for more information about our offerings. You may also fill out our contact form for a free, in-home consultation. We serve Kansas City, MO, residents.