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Spring is here! Open the windows!

Posted on March 20, 2014
by Wendy Stackhouse


It’s time to open the windows! The verdict is in–your indoor air can be more polluted than the air outdoors. But during the winter months, no one wants to let the cleaner outdoor air in and the warm air out. In fact we’ve built our homes and office buildings so that as little of that heated air escapes as possible. Unfortunately, it’s not just the heat that stays in. Volatile organic compounds from building and decorating materials, cleaning products, air fresheners, and hand sanitizers, especially during cold and flu season, all contribute to indoor air pollution that has trouble escaping from our well-sealed structures.

Today is the first day of spring and where we are it is a beautiful day and a perfect day to open up the windows and let the outside air in!

But opening the windows doesn’t just help your indoor environment–it helps the outdoor environment, too!

Save energy–You don’t have to run that air conditioner with a nice crossbreeze from open windows on 2 sides of your home.

Reduce VOCs–You can use the lilacs in your yard to freshen your home’s scent instead of air fresheners or sprays.

Use Fewer Cleaners–Open windows reduce the accumulation of allergens, resulting in less need for cleaning products.

Of course the best reason to open the windows is it’s spring! Enjoy the season!

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