It’s well documented that the quality of the air inside your home can have a significant impact on your overall health. The presence of mold, mildew, dust, fungus and other pollutants can lead to respiratory problems, chronic illnesses and more. Maintaining your windows and using them to promote good air flow in your home is one way to encourage good indoor air quality, and may even contribute to better health and wellness in your home. Here’s what you need to know about maintaining good air quality in your home.

Dust and Mold on Windows Negatively Impacts Health

Dust gathers on windows just like it gathers on other surfaces in your home. Windows can also be a source of mold or mildew around the window frames if the windows are in poor condition, poorly sealed or a poor fit in the frames. You can improve the overall condition and cleanliness of your windows by doing the following:

  • Clean your windows a minimum of every 6 months, or more frequently as desired. Want window cleaning tips? Check out our recent article on the subject.
  • Inspect your windows for water stains. Water stains can be an indication that your windows are either leaking or drawing condensation.
  • Seal and caulk your windows as needed on an annual basis.
  • Get your windows repaired if they’re in poor condition, or know when to replace your windows.

Opening Windows Promotes Healthy Air Flow

Opening your windows can help promote healthy air flow in your home. Keep your window screens clean so that air coming in isn’t picking up dust on the route inside.

To clean your screens, remove them from the window frame, brush the screens with a soft brush dipped in warm soapy water, and then rinse the screens with a gentle spray of water from a hose. Don’t brush screens too hard or you could tear them. Clean your screens once a year at least, while you’re cleaning the windows.

Soak Up Vitamin D Through Your Windows

People take in Vitamin D through exposure to the sun. Vitamin D helps improve your mood, boosts the immune system, helps fight some diseases and can even promote weight loss. Although you’re likely to get enough sun exposure outdoors during the spring and summer, at other times of the year, it’s helpful to ensure that sunshine is reaching the inside of your home through your windows.

  • Prune back bushes and other vegetation that might be blocking your view out the window, especially on west- and south-facing windows where sunshine is brightest.
  • Keep your windows and screens properly cleaned inside and out, as described above.

Do Your Windows Need to Be Replaced? Contact Renewal by Andersen of Long Island

Windows that are a poor fit can cause ongoing problems with mold and mildew in your home. If this is a problem that you’ve been grappling with, it may be time to replace your windows with high-quality, low maintenance windows from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island. To find out more about replacing your windows, call the toll free number 1-877-313-9052 or fill out the short form on this page to schedule your design consultation.

 

 

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