Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ten Reasons to Open Your Home's Windows

Fall is in the air. With the broiling summer temps fading, it's time to think about opening the windows in your home and letting the fresh air in. Here are ten reasons to open up: 

  1. Indoor Air Quality - Or should I say, lack of quality air indoors. Did you know that your furniture, carpets, flooring, and shower curtains all emit toxic fumes over time? These are scary toxins like formaldehyde, benzene, Trichloroethylene (TCE), and carbon monoxide. Cooking, smoking, painting, and refurbishing can also negatively affect indoor air quality. Be sure to ventilate when you do any of those activities. Take advantage of opportunities to open windows and let fresh air in as often as you can.
  2. It Feels So Good - This time of year, the temperatures are perfect (at least in my part of the country) to allow fresh air in all day and night. Highs around 80, lows around 60, and low humidity, it just feels good.
  3. It's Free - Remember those super high summer electricity bills? Your heating oil bill in the winter? This is the time of year to offset those costs by using mother nature to keep your home comfortable. 
  4. Sounds of Nature - When I opened my windows this morning, I was greeted by the sounds of crickets in our back yard. We live in the city, but we still get to hear crickets, chirping birds, and buzzing bees. What a lovely background to our day. 
  5. Your Kids Will Sleep Better - In my highly scientific study, my twins take better naps on days when we have the window open in their room. I haven't tried this theory at night, but I think I'll give it a shot soon. 
  6. Your Houseplants Will Love It - Indoor plants tend to get a little spoiled. No wind, no real hardships to make them grow stronger. Opening the windows allows a little breeze to come in and rustle their leaves a bit, which helps them to grow stronger.  
  7. Smells Like Fall - You know that smell? That fall smell that reminds us of school starting, football season, and falling leaves? Who wouldn't want that in their house? 
  8. It's Inspiring - Hearing and smelling the outdoors inspires me to go outside, which means I'm more likely to take my kids for a walk instead of sitting around and playing indoors. 
  9. Prevents Headaches - This goes along with number 1, but if you are migraine sufferer, it may help to be exposed to as much fresh air as possible. Indoor air pollutants can trigger migraines. 
  10. Overall Health - According to one site I found, "Fresh Air for Natural Health," just about every aspect of your health can be improved by fresh air. Just to name a few: clears lungs, improves heart rate, blood pressure, and metabolic rate, improves serotonin levels in the brain, allows for better concentration and strengthens your immune system.

Additional resources:
Grow Fresh Air at Home
An Introduction to Air Quality
Fresh Air For Natural Health

P.S. If you are wondering where Thursday Purge Day is, fear not, it's not gone. It's temporarily on hold because of preparations for fall consignment sale. It will return in a few weeks.


  1. Hi! I open my windows as often as I can!! Yesterday it was oddly hot, so we had to shut the windows and use the a/c, we have window units as it is, but today it is a gorgeous breezy day!! I opened up all the windows!!
    I am a migraine sufferer on top of it, so I love fresh air!! Although, I have a hard time when that fresh air is tainted by car fumes and other pollutants. I get an instant migraine! Ugh!
    Thanks for the post!

  2. We also open our windows very often to make us more relaxed and we can have a dose of fresh air every day. But dust and other pollutants make our windows dusty and dirty. So regularly, we clean our windows and we take our curtains and blinds to the dry cleaning shop here in Indianapolis to maintain and keep them clean.