How to Improve Indoor Air Quality Through Windows
Homeowners replace their windows for many reasons: maximizing natural light, improving energy efficiency, or boosting curb appeal. But a lesser-known benefit of choosing the right windows is a healthy indoor environment. Let Kroll Construction share how to achieve this.
Indoor Air Pollutants
Believe it or not, the average household’s indoor air is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. With the average person spending about 90% of their time indoors – at home, at work, at school – they are more likely to be exposed to the following common indoor air pollutants:
Chemicals – Airborne chemicals come from common indoor items: painted surfaces, aerosol sprays, and some plastics. These products emit small amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air, regardless of age.
Mold and mildew – Increased indoor moisture encourages mold and mildew growth, which emits VOCs and particulates. They thrive in humid environments and triggers food spoilage, respiratory problems, and mold allergies.
Pollen – Pollen is designed to be blown in the wind, or by insect-initiated cross-pollination. Large amounts of pollen in the air can trigger pollen allergies, especially if you keep pollen-producing plants indoors.
Cigarette smoke – We all know the effects of smoking and inhaling secondhand cigarette smoke, and sensible homeowners have a designated outdoor smoking area. But cigarette smoke can cling to clothing or hair, which can then be carried indoors.
How Windows Improve Indoor Air Quality
Good ventilation is generally enough to disperse indoor pollutants. When choosing replacement windows, you should choose windows that have ventilation features. For instance, instead of picture windows, choose grille-less casement windows instead. A single bay window can simultaneously have an inlet and outlet by simply opening both side windows.
You can immediately feel the difference when you regularly ventilate your home. You can opt to have insect screens installed if you’re worried about flies or bees getting in; our window screens can be installed inside or outside depending on your preference.
For replacement windows that provide the best ventilation, look no further than Kroll Construction. We serve Detroit, Michigan, and the surrounding areas. To schedule a free in-home consultation and estimate, call us today at (888) 338-6340 or fill out our contact form.