Here in Ontario we spend all winter hibernating from snowstorms and the frigid temperatures outside. We keep ourselves locked up and only embrace the fresh air when we leave the house to walk to our cars.
Opening the windows is probably the last thing on your mind. However, opening your windows throughout the year will significantly improve the air quality in your home and help you live a healthier life.
While it may sound counterintuitive to your monthly utility bills, opening your windows just occasionally throughout the winter months (and more often throughout the rest of the year) will replace and freshen your air.
Georgian Duct Cleaning has listed four benefits that your household will realize from simply opening your windows:
1 - Reduce indoor air pollution
Over time, the air inside your home is likely to become more polluted than the air that you breathe outside. This is caused by pollutants such as mould, dust mites, dander, formaldehyde and other compounds that become trapped in your house and within your air duct system. This can significantly impact your health, particularly if you suffer from respiratory illnesses.
While air duct cleaning is an essential aspect of preventing indoor air pollution, opening your windows will also help. Opening your windows will help to remove these airborne contaminants from your home.
2 - Make your home smell better
You won’t notice it when you walk into your own house because you are used to it, but when you walk into a friend’s house have you noticed it has its own unique smell? Keeping your windows shut will allow scents to build up inside your house, and even create a stuffy atmosphere.
The solution to this, thankfully, is simple. Opening windows will air out your home and let in comforting fresh scents such as the smell of spring, rain, flowers and other natural odours from the outdoors.
3 - It will save you money in the summer
Summer in Ontario can be incredibly hot and humid - but this isn’t always the case. There will be times throughout the summer where your household simply doesn’t need to have your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit running.
By simply opening your windows instead of running your HVAC unit, you can save a significant amount of money on your utility bills during the summer month. Worried that humid air will get into your home? Open your windows at night when the temperature falls, rather than during the middle of the day.
4 - You’ll be happier
Not only will removing contaminants and preventing your indoor air from becoming stuffy help your physical health, it will also have a positive impact on your mental health. In fact, fresh air has been proven to help people think better and, in turn, make them happier.
Do you want to learn more about improving the indoor air quality in your house, and why it’s so important to regularly clean your air ducts? Get in touch with Georgian Duct Cleaning today. Our team of experts are here to help.