How Can the Right Window Style Improve Indoor Air Quality?

Did you know that indoor air can suffer from air pollution? Some may think that the inside of a home is free of harmful pollutants. However, because the air in your home comes directly from the outside, all kinds of pollutants and allergens can sneak into your home. Given how the indoors are more contained than the outdoors, pollutants can easily build up and recirculate in your house.  

How Can the Right Window Style Improve Indoor Air Quality?

One way to improve indoor air quality is by maximizing ventilation. Renewal by Andersen® of Sacramento, your trusted residential window contractor, recommends installing the right windows to provide ventilation and allow proper airflow.

The Importance of Opening Your Windows

Windows, as well as doors, can combat indoor air pollution. By opening them, you let out chemicals and allergens that have built up inside. If you live in a polluted city, you likely don’t want to keep your windows open all day. However, you don’t want to be stuck in a house with no fresh air. As such, it’s best to open your windows at night, when the traffic has lessened. Opening your windows will not only improve indoor air quality but also boost energy efficiency. 

Choose the Right Window Style

While it’s true that all operating windows provide ventilation, some may be better than others. Below, we have compiled a list of the best window styles for ventilation:

  • Casement windows hinge on one side and swing outward to open, making them a great choice for ventilation. Some are simply manual, but others operate on a crank or motor. You’re free to open them as much or as little as you want, allowing you to catch side breezes at any time. On cold days, these windows seal even tighter when the wind blows against them, improving energy efficiency.

  • Sliding windows do not protrude when open. Instead, one operable sash will slide across a fixed sash. If you have limited indoor and outdoor opening space, this type of window is an ideal choice. However, if these windows are on an upper story, you may want to restrict the opening for safety reasons. 

  • Awning windows, unlike sliding windows, require some projection space to open. These windows are very versatile as you can open them for ventilation even if it’s raining outside. Because they are smaller than other types of windows, they are installed in rooms that do not need much ventilation.

To improve indoor air quality, replace your old, drafty windows. Turn to Renewal by Andersen of Sacramento for your window replacement needs. We provide top-quality windows, including specialty windows and more. Call us today at (916) 779-5800 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation. We proudly serve homeowners in Davis, CA.