(AscendHealthy.com) – With plummeting temps and a cool frosty breeze flowing outdoors, snuggling up indoors is a given. But is it healthy for your family? Opening up the windows for a while each day may improve certain aspects of your health. Here’s why.
Foreign particles can get trapped indoors when existing air circulates. Not only can these lead to a broad range of health problems, it can generate a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. Don’t be afraid to open windows during cold weather to help bring fresh air indoors. Here are some suggestions as to why you should consider it.
Improve Health By Opening Your Windows Every Day.
It May Ward off Viruses
There are a lot of new viruses attacking people this year, including the dreaded COVID-19. One way most viruses infect humans is through airborne contact. This allows particles to attach to you easier as you walk through them. While cooler temperatures likely won’t kill viruses, having the windows open can help break up virus particles or aerosols to reduce the risk of inhalation or body contact.
It Helps Circulate Stuffy Air
Having windows closed all winter can make air stagnant and lead to dust mites and bacteria buildup throughout your home. Moisture buildup caused by condensation due to temperature changes might generate mold behind and underneath surfaces. Opening windows allows fresh air to travel through walls and floors drying up wet areas and improving overall air quality.
It Prevents SBS
SBS, or sick building syndrome, is a real thing. The EPA refers to it as an acute condition in which several occupants in the same home experience similar symptoms. Symptoms might include:
- Eye, nose, and throat irritation
- Difficulty concentrating
Opening up windows is a quick way to get stuffy air flowing out of the house and fresh air circulating back in. In addition, having a HEPA filter installed in your HVAC unit can also aid in trapping airborne contaminants.
If you or any family members don’t see any improvement from opening windows, make an appointment with your healthcare provider.
It Helps Relieve Upper Respiratory Ailments
Common upper respiratory problems, including allergies and asthma, affect health in many ways. Sufferers of asthma and allergies often wish to keep windows closed to prevent humid air and pollen from entering. In the cold months, opening windows can be a real benefit. Cold air helps destroy some fungus and provides a natural air purifier.
Nature is one of the best forms of air purifiers. While it may be a little cold out, it’s the perfect time to get windows open and let some fresh air flow through. It’s a great, easy way to combat indoor pollutants and leave behind a healthier indoor environment. Now is the time to detox your home for contaminants and live a thriving, healthy life.
~Here’s to Your Healthy Ascension
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