According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), poor indoor air quality is one of the top five health hazards in America. Most of us spend 90% of our lives in indoor environments, such as office spaces, restaurants, and our own homes. Let Renewal by Andersen® of Omaha-Lincoln discuss poor indoor air quality and how replacement windows in Omaha can help eliminate it.
Poor Indoor Air Quality
There are many sources of pollutants that can degrade indoor air quality. These include commonplace items and activities such as indoor cigarette smoking, kitchen stoves, and spray cleaners. Building materials can also facilitate a phenomenon called off-gassing, where toxins are released through evaporation from building materials.
To free your home of poor IAQ, you can observe:
The objective is to eliminate the aforementioned indoor air pollutants. Ventilation is a particularly effective way to do this. You can choose active ventilation, such as using cooker hoods often found over stovetops. Your other option is passive ventilation, which you can try by regularly opening windows in a room. When planning for window replacement in Lincoln, NE, to improve your IAQ, you might want to consider these styles that facilitate passive ventilation:
Double-hung windows – By opening both sashes at the same time, a double-hung window provides separate air inlets and outlets.
Bay windows – Applying the same principle, you can create an inlet-and-outlet passive ventilation by opening the two side windows.
Casement windows – The wide opening allows a lot of air in, which is important when a room needs to be thoroughly aerated. The opened sash can also act as a “chute” that catches the breeze, depending on the direction.
Controlling indoor moisture is essential to preventing mold growth, another indoor air pollutant that causes allergens and irritants. Dehumidifier systems are usually sufficient for absorbing excess moisture in the air, but fresh air is better. The aforementioned passive ventilation techniques help, but in case you need to protect your indoors from outside moisture, windows with effective seals, such as our casement windows, are best.
Off-gassing is harder to prevent, as the pollutants come from the materials themselves. When planning for a home improvement project like replacing your windows, researching the building materials can help. Our replacement windows in Bellevue fortunately meet the strictest air emission standards in the industry – the Scientific Certification Systems Indoor Advantage™ Gold certification.
When you buy replacement windows from Renewal by Andersen of Omaha-Lincoln, you have the assurance that you’re getting quality indoor air through optimized ventilation and no off-gassing. Call us today at (402) 513-2828 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.