When it comes to the indoor air quality inside your home, it’s safe to say we’d all like it to be as pollutant-free as humanly possible. And with the world dealing with lockdowns and quarantines as a result of the global pandemic, indoor air quality has certainly become an even hotter topic of discussion. One question that keeps coming up is will open windows increase indoor pollutants effect. You might question which makes more sense – bringing fresh air from the outside in, or keeping your space as sealed off as possible to keep the outside air out. To answer that question, let’s first consider the following three strategies for improving the indoor quality of the air you breathe.
According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) there are three ways in which you can improve indoor air quality.
Control pollutants at the source
There are some indoor pollutants that can be addressed in a number of ways. For example, if there is asbestos present, it can be sealed off enclosed, or completely removed to eliminate its’ effect as an indoor pollutant. Likewise, a gas stove or heater can be adjusted to ensure it there are no emissions being released into the air you are breathing.
Most homes are heated and cooled using a forced air system, which doesn’t bring air from the outside into the interior of the structure mechanically. Increasing the natural ventilation and air flow by opening windows and doors, running exhaust, ceiling and attic fans can all help dilute and remove indoor pollutants and expel them to the outside.
Your HVAC filter does provide some filtration of indoor pollutants and making sure you change your filter regularly is definitely important for a number of reasons. But an air cleaner or air purifier works by drawing the indoor air through a filtering element, removing pollutants and essentially cleaning the air before expelling it back through the filter into the atmosphere. How well the average air cleaner works depends on the pollutant collection efficiency rate and also how much air it can draw through the filter per minute.
So, the answer to the question – will open windows increase indoor pollutants, is not a simple yes or no. The real answer is it depends on the quality of the air outside your home. If the air quality is good, then increasing the natural ventilation is definitely a good thing whenever possible. But in cases where it’s not, investing in an air scrubber could be highly beneficial. And one of the latest advances in air-purification technology can be found in The Air Scrubber by Aerus. This FDA approved air purifier is the only one of its kind scientifically proven to reduce the presence of COVID-19 and other viruses on surfaces. Tested and approved by one of the world’s top biosafety testing facilities, The Air Scrubber uses patented technology to reduce airborne and surface contaminants.
Keeping the quality of the indoor air you and your family breathe has never been more important.
Open your windows – and four other ways to improve the air quality at home | Life and style | The Guardian
Why You Should Open Your Windows (Even In The Winter) (mindbodygreen.com)
Schools near highways: Open windows let toxic pollutants in – Richard Asinof ~ RINewsToday.com