The right windows can help improve not only your home’s ventilation but also the quality of the air you’re breathing indoors. Howard Roofing & Home Improvements discusses how.
Why Is Good Indoor Air Quality Important?
Indoor air can suffer from air pollution. Since your indoor space is more contained than the outdoors, your home can create its own pollutants that recirculate constantly in your home. Pet hair, cleaning chemicals and fumes from substances such as paint can spread throughout your home. Instead of healthy air, your family then breathes in harmful pollutants, which can cause allergy flare-ups. In addition to that, excessive humidity can lead to mold growth, which may be extremely toxic to those with medical conditions.
To combat indoor pollution, consider opening your windows to maximize ventilation. If you keep your windows shut all day, you allow allergens and other airborne contaminants to build up inside. If you live near a busy road, you may want to open your windows at night when the traffic has lessened. That way, you can still let fresh air flow inside your home.
What Are the Best Windows for Increased Ventilation?
If your current windows cannot be opened and closed easily, you may want to replace them with any of these window styles for increased ventilation:
- Casement windows hinge on one side and swing outward to open. Some are simply manual, but others operate on a crank or motor. Thanks to the way the windows open, you can control how much air you let inside your home. Casement windows also catch side breezes, unlike traditional sliding and double-hung windows.
- Awning windows, like casement windows, require some projection space to open. These windows hinge at the top and open outward. As such, you can open them for ventilation even if it’s raining or snowing outside. Because awning windows are smaller than other styles, homeowners typically install them in bathrooms.
- Bay and bow windows are projection windows, which means they take up space outside your home. Bay windows have three windows arranged as a single unit, while bow windows have three or more windows arranged in an arc. These window styles can catch the breeze from at least two directions, making them an ideal choice if you want to maximize ventilation as well as natural light.
Are you looking for home exterior experts to install your replacement windows? Howard Roofing & Home Improvements can help! We partner with some of the nation’s leading manufacturers of replacement windows in order to offer local homeowners a wide selection of quality window styles. Call us today at (636) 296-1057 or fill out our online contact form to request a free quote. We serve homeowners in and around Belleville, IL.