With cold, winter weather hitting most of Canada, it’s natural to want to stay inside to re-watch The Golden Girls for the 5th time this year (we assure you that you’re not the only one obsessed with the show). But did you realize that staying inside for hours on end is terrible for your health and overall well-being? The dry air from the HVAC system that circulates your home during the winter can become dirty. When you don’t open the windows and doors as often as in warmer seasons due to the cold weather, dust, pet dander, mould, and other bacteria become confined and float around the air inside your home. You and your family will end up breathing in the pollutants, creating and worsening health issues such as allergies and asthma.
Do you also find it harder to sleep at night in the winter? It might partially result from the stale, dry air from your HVAC system. Many people experience nose bleeds when they wake up or an inability to breathe out of one or even both nostrils due to dryness. You may also develop skin irritations from the dry, recycled air. You need to incorporate fresh air into your daily routine.
We’re a Toronto windows and doors company called Casa Bella Windows & Doors. We provide professional window installation to clients looking to upgrade their homes and well-being. We’re not saying that you should leave windows wide open in the middle of February. However, we do believe that you should have the option to let out any stale indoor air to let the refreshing, crisp freshness of the outside into your home to enhance its air quality.
How Windows Impact Air Quality
Do you stare out your painted shut window that’s older than you and your entire family put together, wishing you could feel the cool, outdoor breeze? Does it take a group effort to open and close your home office’s window, even in the summertime? It’s time to replace your windows with upgraded models. Your windows should be accessible and easy to open and close, even in freezing weather. By having the option to open them, you’ll improve your home’s air quality. The right windows provide ventilation – the process by which clean, typically outdoor air replaces old, stale air. The air exchange allows oxygen to enter the lungs, helping you breathe better.
It sounds counterintuitive, but indoor air is often more polluted than the outside. Keeping your windows shut during the winter certainly provides warmth, and you’ll save on household energy usage, but you’re also trapping in pollutants. The simple act of opening a window for at least five minutes a day — even in the winter — can decrease the concentrated amount of indoor air pollutants.
The Best Windows for Optimal Air Flow
Our window styles at Casa Bella provide easy functionality and can open at any time of the year. We recommend that you check out the Horizontal Slider Window styles because they provide excellent ventilation. Our Horizontal Slider energy efficient windows combine ease of operation, convenience, and safety. They come with a weather-tight seal for added security.
We also offer Casement and Simulated Sing Hung styles. Such windows are easy to operate, and provide the energy-efficiency and convenience of the Horizontal Slider with slightly different styles. Instead of sliding open, these windows typically open with a latch.
The Importance of Installation
While getting fresh air is essential to a healthy lifestyle, you don’t want that cold winter wind to blow through your house all the time. To stay warm in the winter and keep cool in the summer you need trained, licensed, and insured professionals to do install your new windows. At Casa Bella, we treat your home as if it were our own. We never outsource the installation to subcontractors. Our employees are all professionally-trained, skilled, licensed, and insured.
The Casa Bella team knows how to properly insulate your windows so you won’t have to worry about being too cold or hot. We make every project a priority, so you know you’ll receive the best possible quality in your window installation.
Your home is your sanctuary. Whether you live in the country or the city, your home provides solace and a place to unwind. Take advantage of that by installing new, beautiful windows to breathe in your surroundings any time of year.
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