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Why is it Important to Keep Windows Open Especially in Winter Season?

Winters in Los Angeles are sunny and warm. There are just a few days when the temperature drops below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. That is why winter is the perfect time for the residents of Los Angeles to keep their windows open.

Your air conditioner is not operating and pollen is not a problem either. The fresh air invigorates your body and mind. Read on to the many benefits of keeping windows open in winters.

Improves Indoor Air Quality

The air that you breathe inside your home can be much more polluted than you think. Common factors that contribute to the poor quality of indoor air include the following:

  • Pet dander
  • Mold
  • Formaldehyde
  • Dust mites
  • VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)
  • And many others

When you are exposed to these harmful air pollutants, you can experience health-related issues. These contaminants can cause nausea, headaches, allergy, and irritation in the nose, throat and eyes.

You can improve your indoor air quality by simply opening your windows. Fresh air clears airborne contaminants. To achieve the best outcomes, open a door or window on either side of your home and let the cross breeze cleanse your indoor environment.

Eliminate Unpleasant Odors

In the winter season, the increase in moisture and humidity levels causes a build-up of odors inside your home. When you keep your house sealed, the unpleasant smells of musty bathrooms, trash, dirty laundry, and others accumulate indoors.

You can invite refreshing and pleasant winter scents of budding flowers, rain, juniper and many others. And if there is an ocean nearby, the soothing and calming breeze from it will fill you with serenity. 

Improves Your Thinking

Fresh air boosts your brain. It clears your thinking and refreshes your thought process. There is a science behind this.  According to the research study conducted by the University of Tulsa, the results showed that proper ventilation significantly improved the academic performance of the fifth-grade students. Some other research studies suggest that employee productivity is directly related to indoor air quality and comfort. 

Furthermore, fresh air is linked with many health benefits, such as improving heart rate and blood pressure, cleansing lungs, and strengthening the immune system. Inhaling fresh air boosts your body’s oxygen level, promoting the release of serotonin, consequently uplifting your mood.

Wrapping Up

During the winter season, open your house windows once a day, even if it is for a few minutes to eliminate contaminants and airborne particles that deteriorate your indoor air quality. This allows you to circulate fresh air throughout your house. And when you shut your doors and windows to operate the central air conditioning system, ensure that your air ducts are free from dust and pollutants.