While we all think of opening the windows when we paint or when cooking odors take over, it’s important to realize that indoor air quality can be improved when ventilating air from the outdoors.
In other words, while the weather is nice in Arizona, it’s a good idea to throw open a window.
According the U.S. EPA website, epa.gov, “Most home heating and cooling systems, including forced air heating systems, do not mechanically bring fresh air into the house. Opening windows and doors, operating window or attic fans, when the weather permits, or running a window air conditioner with the vent control open increases the outdoor ventilation rate.”
Indoor air quality may impact how you feel, according to the site, because people tend to spend 90 percent of their time indoors. Indoor air pollution can be especially harmful to those who already have underlying health conditions. Symptoms of bad indoor air quality may include sneezing, itchy throat and coughing – just like a cold.
Opening a few windows for ventilation and running the ceiling fans can improve the air quality. Some studies indicate indoor air may be more polluted than outdoor air. Switching out the air now and then may make an impact on your health.
Breath better and open a window when you can.