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white brick wall with open windowsMost Canadians don’t want to admit this. But there are only a few weeks of summer left! In fact, the official end of summer comes in exactly one month. It’s a time when Canadians will begin to spend less time outdoors and more time in their homes. So, the opportunity to get as much fresh air flowing through your home is now – or at least, for the next several weeks. Have you been keeping your windows open throughout the summer?

You may be surprised to know just how much you are benefitting those who live in your home by cracking a window each day. When the weather is nice, it certainly pays to allow fresh air to circulate throughout your home. In the winter, permanently closed windows can force the air that you breathe to be stale, stagnant and rampant with pollutants. You don’t have to take our word for it. This is communicated by HeraldStandard.com.

“Because many homes are built to be air-tight to conserve energy and money, unhealthy levels of air pollutants can build up inside homes when windows remain closed,” reads the website, “These pollutants may include radon gas, cigarette smoke, chemical fumes from paints and solvents and leached chemicals from modern building and furnishing materials. Opening windows for extended periods of time allows fresh air to spread throughout the home.”

What other benefits do open windows provide? According to Esther de Wolde on PhantomScreens.com, the presence of sunshine in your home can provide healthful benefits that you would usually only receive when you are spending time outdoors. “We all know sunshine has great health benefits like increasing Vitamin D production and reducing the symptoms of depression,” she writes.

How do open windows improve a home’s indoor air quality? According to de Wolde, the reduction of condensation is another benefit of allowing fresh air into your home. By reducing air moisture, you are better able to ward off the development of mould, which is known to produce harmful allergens. “Without adequate ventilation your home becomes a steamy box of germs,” she says, “Open the windows and get the air flowing through your home to stop the damp.”

Can opening windows help to save money? It sure can! Many Canadians aren’t even big fans of air conditioning to begin with. They wait all winter long for warmer weather to arrive only to be met with chilly indoor conditions? Nope, not everyone is a fan. For those that appreciate fresh air over chilled air, the opening of windows can significantly help to cut down on the energy used to power your air conditioner.

As well, HeraldStandard.com points out that you’ll also reduce the amount of air fresheners you use to do away with your home’s less-than-favourable smells. “Fresh air can quickly remove odours from a home,” the site reminds us, “These can include old cooking smells, cigarette smoke, pet odours, or simply stale air. By opening windows, homeowners can clean the air in their homes naturally without covering it up with chemical air fresheners or other cleaners.”

Not to mention, the absence of VOCs in the air, as a result of using air fresheners, will also serve to improve your home’s indoor air quality. As you know, DF Technical & Consulting Services Ltd. is committed to helping home owners to enjoy the best indoor air quality possible. For more information about our Air Quality Services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-855-668-3131 or email info@dftechnical.ca.

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