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10 reasons to open your windows and doors

Take a moment to enjoy the fresh air!

Take a moment to enjoy the fresh air!

I like the word “fenestration.”

Not just because it means “the design and position of windows and other exterior openings of a building.” But because it sounds cool.  You know, like the words “flabbergasted” or “poodle”.

And I also like it because it’s a technical term we use in our industry a lot. But really it’s just a fancy way of saying: “doors and windows.”

So anyway, I was working in my garden the other day and I got to thinking about the best things about the warmer months of spring and summer. Like outdoor living and barbecuing, swimming pools and sunshine, entertaining friends and outdoor kitchens. And then a random thought popped into my head.

“What I really love is being able to open my windows to the world – that’s when it truly feels like summer.”

I was relaying all of this to one of the guys in marketing while getting my morning coffee and he said: “Hey, that would make a great blog post! Combine it with your love of lists and you could write: 10 reasons to open your windows!”

So I tried to write ten reasons to open your windows and I could only get to seven. So I included doors too.

Right then, buckle up for the ride: here’s your top 10.

Number 1

Fresh air. OK. It’s obvious I know. But opening your windows and doors brings in the fresh air! We spend so long in our houses and cars and workplaces, we forget the joy of fresh air. It’s great for the kids too. Apparently children today spend seven hours more on academics (or Facebook!) and two hours less on sports and outdoor activities per week than they did 20 years ago. So fling open your doors and let the fresh air in.

Number 2

Sunlight. You can’t enjoy the sunshine if your doors are closed. I know in sunnier places it can often get incredibly hot, but here in British Columbia when the sun shines I want to welcome it into my home. And we all know sunshine has great health benefits like increasing Vitamin D production and reducing the symptoms of depression.

Number 3

Reduce condensation. Damp window frames, condensation on your windows and worst of all: black mold. Without adequate ventilation your home becomes a steamy box of germs. Nasty. Open the windows and get the air flowing through your home to stop the damp.

Number 4

Cut down on your a/c bills. You may well need your air conditioning system running at the height of summer, but for the shoulder seasons of Spring and Autumn why not turn it off, open your doors and windows (with screens, of course) and save on electric bills? And that links neatly to idea number five.

Number 5

Create fewer harmful emissions. If you’ve turned your a/c off – then you’re using less energy. And if you’re using less energy then you’re going to be producing fewer harmful emissions and reducing the amount of fossil fuel being used. All of which makes for a more sustainable way of living.

Number 6

Remove pollutants. When we talk pollutants I’m not talking about gas fumes or carbon monoxide. Although if you’re suffering from those two things then opening the windows and doors is, without a doubt, a grand idea.  What I’m thinking of is if, for example, you’ve just painted a room. Some paints contain VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) which can be harmful to health. And other delightful things like dust mites can cause asthma. So it may be a bit obvious but opening your home to the outside can clear out the nasties.

Number 7

 Fewer noisy fans. I don’t mean Justin-Bieber-worshipping-teenage-girls kind of noisy fans! This is just a pet peeve of mine. I hate the whirring of fans. They just annoy me with their constant white noise. If you’ve got a nice breeze flowing through your home, you don’t need the fans. And silence, as we’ve so often been told, is golden!

Number 8

Feel better. I mentioned it before, but fresh air makes you feel better. It clears out the stuffiness in your home and the dry, air conditioned air. It gives you a sense of well-being and an opportunity to feel connected to your surroundings.

Number 9

Help children concentrate and learn. It’s true. Natural ventilation helps children study. A 2005 study of 10-year-old school children showed that increasing ventilation rates could improve the children’s performance in tasks representing eight different aspects of schoolwork, from reading to mathematics. So there’s a good reason for opening your windows if ever I saw one!

Number 10

Enjoy your view. Maybe I’m biased. But I love looking out my doors and windows to the countryside around my home. It gives me a sense of my place in the world – as well as the changing seasons. Sure, I’m just a romantic, farm girl at heart, but by looking outside through open windows and doors, I understand just how blessed I am to live in such a beautiful part of the world.

So there you have it. Ten great reasons for opening up your home to the outside. And all ten come with the recommendation that you use our retractable screens to keep the bugs out! We have them for doors, windows and large openings.

Are you a fresh air fiend? Do you love to fling your windows wide? Let me know your thoughts!

21 Comments Post a comment
  1. Reblogged this on howclearisyourview and commented:
    Great article about opening your windows more! (as long as they have screens)

    May 14, 2013
  2. Paula Atkinson #

    I always always keep my windows open when it’s nice enough and I didn’t even use a/c last year. I am much more aware of seasons, the love of outdoors and weather than any of my “stuffy” friends!

    April 9, 2016
    • Couldn’t agree more Paula! Love the feeling of fresh air coming into our home!

      July 12, 2017
  3. Vernon Matthews #

    It sure helps to keep some windows open in our house so that the dampness would go away and more sunlight would enter.

    September 19, 2016
  4. Opening windows and doors every once in a while at home brings many benefits. Thank you for enumerating ans sharing them. This will be helpful to all homeowners.

    September 26, 2016
  5. Rani santhosh #

    Yes, i understand and strongly reccoment to my hubby and child to be in fresh air as possible. Always tryjng to keep open windows in all rooms. Have taken rental home instead of appartment to get abundant od fresh air

    April 5, 2017
  6. Bergy #

    What about bugs? They can get in. even through the smallest holes in screens.

    June 18, 2017
  7. MamaKin #

    I couldn’t live in a house where windows could not be opened. And you didn’t list my favorite reason.

    #11 To hear nature. I love to hear the birds chirping in the morning. And yes , even the occasional car or motorcycle. People going about their day. The house not only becomes less “stuffy”, it actually becomes alive!

    June 29, 2017
    • To hear nature, ahhhh yes one of the very best sounds. Agree with you completely!

      July 12, 2017
  8. You’ve mentYou’ve mentioned the visual stimulation, but you’re forgetting the fragrance–flowers planted beneath the windows! Then, too, try to experience singing birds and dancing wind-chimes through panes of smothering, muffling glass. So, really, there are three views–the scenic one, the olfactory feast, and the auditory excurtion. How delightful

    September 2, 2017
  9. Sonya Oglesby #

    I was talking to a coworker, we were talking about it being fall and I mentioned being able to open my windows and doors (turning of air conditioner). He said he never open his doors or windows. I was in shock. I said whattttttt! He said he don’t have screens, and his house is not that old about 10 years maybe. He said no home in his subdivision has screens. I believe they were cheated, I thought all windows came with screens automatically. I said you have got to air your house out. So I decided to google the importance of opening doors and windows I’m going to tell him to google it so that he can see the many benefits and the importance.

    October 14, 2017

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