Home remodeling projects usually aim to boost curb appeal, fix issues, or promote energy efficiency. Improving indoor air quality, however, is an another important reason to remodel. To help you underst and this concept better, Renewal by Andersen® of St. Louis answers some frequently asked questions about it.
Isn’t Indoor Air Supposed to be Cleaner?
Most people tend to think of outdoor conditions when they hear pollution. The truth is, indoor air can also be polluted. This is due to indoor air pollutants like volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by common household items, spores from mold and mildew, and cigarette smoke. Given that most of us spend 90% of our time indoors, we are more vulnerable to its effects.
This is why we recommend investing in high-quality windows with eco-friendly materials. Our windows, for example, do not emit dangerous chemicals throughout their life span. They also ensure years of smooth operation, so you can keep them open whenever you need to.
What Kinds of Health Problems are Caused by Poor Indoor Air Quality?
Common mold spores have been known to trigger asthma and allergies, while VOCs are known to cause minor eye, nose, and throat irritation; hormonal disruption; and impacted reproductive health. For your next window and door replacement projects, make sure you turn to Renewal by Andersen. We can provide units that will stay durable and damage-free for years.
Why Is Indoor Air Not as Clean as It Should Be?
Poor ventilation is the main cause of concentrated indoor air pollutants. VOCs are present in many common indoor items: the paint used on the walls, aerosol sprays, and plastic items. Some of these items continue to emit VOCs years after purchase. Spores, on the other h and, are released by mold that grows in dark and moist areas, like attics and basements. Activities such as cooking without a range top exhaust fans and burning scented c andles also contribute to indoor pollutants. You can simply resolve these issues by opening windows from time to time.
How can we improve indoor air quality?
Regular ventilation is enough to disperse most indoor pollutants and keep indoor air within healthy levels. The most effective way to achieve this is by choosing replacement window styles optimized for ventilation, such as casement windows and bay windows with operable side units. Consider having operable transom windows installed over the main entryways so you can ventilate those areas even when the doors are closed. Our screens ensure that you can open your windows and patio doors without letting insects and airborne debris in.
Let Renewal by Andersen of St. Louis help you create a healthier home with our replacement windows and patio doors. We back our units with strong warranties for your peace of mind. We serve residents in St. Louis, MO and nearby areas. Call us today at (314) 310-3636 or fill out our contact form for a free in-home estimate.