As usual, there are two sides to every story. One question that meets that criteria is whether or not to open your windows.
On the plus side comments include:
- It helps to remove those toxins released from our furniture, our cabinets, our carpets. If we don’t open our windows every so often, they stick around.
- The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that people spend 90% of their time indoors, but that indoor air quality can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Indoor air pollution can threaten the health — and the lives — of everyone in your family.
- It makes you feel good; call it Zen or whatever, but outdoor air “feels” better.
On the negative side comments include:
- The outdoor air may not be as fresh as your indoor air.
- The humidity from the outdoor air may provide a source for mold in your home.
- It is inefficient, making your heater or air conditioning work harder.
Below are links to articles for and against opening the windows. My strategy is that if the weather allows I open the windows. I sleep better and feel better. In my neighborhood, I am sure it brings dust and pollen into the house for me to clean, but I think it is worth the effort.