Spring is a great time for home improvement projects, such as siding replacement, new shingle roof installation and even kitchen remodeling or bathroom updating. But even as you think about such investments that will make your home better and raise its value, you can also do a few things that don’t involve spending money. For example, spring is also great for cleaning your home and getting rid of indoor air pollution.
Did you know that most American homes have indoor air that’s of lower quality than the air outside? Fumes from material off-gassing, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), mold spores, cigarette smoke, cooking odors and even some natural fumes coming from the ground can be trapped in your home, and you wouldn’t even know it. These make your home unhealthy.
You can address this problem by simply opening your windows. Here are the benefits of doing so at least 30 minutes every day.
Clearing Your Home of Indoor Pollutants
Open breeze-facing windows and also the windows on the opposing side of the room. This will allow fresh air to enter and push the stale, polluted air out. You can do this for less than an hour every day, but you’ll enjoy the benefits longer.
Getting Rid of Nasty Odors
Ever been to a friend’s house and noticed it smelled different? People who visit your home probably notice that about it, too. Pollutants can create bad odors. Cooking fish, for example, will lead to a smell that can last for hours, even days. To get rid of such odors, open your kitchen windows when you cook. You can also practice opening your bathroom window after using the toilet.
Naturally Cooling Your Home Down
Homes use plenty of energy when they need air conditioning during hot days. To reduce your use of energy, cool your home down the natural way. Just open your windows and allow the breeze to enter. You can also avoid using your AC at night. If you’re working with contractors, ask them about installing bug screens on your windows.
Making Your Home a Healthier Place
Stale and polluted air is bad for your health. It can trigger allergies and affect your mood. The natural breeze is good for your wellness, and it can also make you feel better every day. Opening your windows is beneficial to your family’s health.