What Happens to IAQ When You Open or Close the Windows?

If you’re like most Americans, you spend about 90% of your time indoors. That amount of time may be higher since the COVID-19 pandemic started, and it will also increase during the winter months of the year.

When you close the windows in the springtime and open them in the wintertime, you can make some significant changes to your Downers Grove home’s indoor air quality (IAQ). Here are some of the ways that opening and closing your windows impacts your house’s IAQ.

Problems Caused By Opening the Windows in Springtime

When the weather finally warms up and the sun comes out, it’s tempting to open your windows. However, doing this can be harmful. The open windows allow pollen to enter your house. Mold spores can also get inside. It’s best to keep the windows closed and avoid allergy and asthma symptoms caused by exposure to these allergens and triggers.

Hazards of Keeping Your Windows Closed During the Winter

When it’s freezing outside, you’d probably prefer to keep the cold air outdoors. However, not allowing any fresh air to get into your home can be a problem for your health. If your furnace has a gas leak, carbon monoxide could build up in your house. A lack of ventilation means the poisonous gas will keep increasing in concentration.

Recycling the same old air day after day also increases your risk of spreading germs between household members. If you’re worried about spreading the common cold, influenza, or COVID-19, increasing your residence’s ventilation is one of the easiest things you can do. Opening the windows brings in fresh, clean air for everybody to breathe. The new, clean air dilutes the concentration of respiratory droplets in your home.

Fire 'n' Ice Heating & Cooling, Inc. is a trusted provider of indoor air quality solutions in Downers Grove. We’re also here to provide you with dependable heating and air conditioning maintenance, repair, replacement, and installation services. To learn more about how your windows play a role in your house’s indoor air quality throughout the year, call us at Fire 'n' Ice Heating & Cooling, Inc. today.

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