Whether it is during the frigid temps of the winter, or the blistering heat of summer, many homeowners across the United States are keeping their windows cracked no matter the weather condition. Why is that? A study at the Missouri University of Science and Technology is planning to find out.
The main factors driving why people are leaving windows open or shut are both climate and energy costs. Based on the weather conditions, season, and region of the country, certain variables can make residents keep a window cracked to let in some fresh air. Why does this matter? Even if a window is slightly cracked rather than fully open, it is still bringing in more outdoor air indoors which affects the turnover rate and the air composition of a home. But is this a good idea if you happen to live in an area where there is a high level of outdoor air pollution? The upcoming study aims to answer this question.
The study, funded by a grant with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planned to begin the Spring of 2015, to explore just how much of an impact opened windows play on the air quality within a home. Collecting data in different regions of the U.S during different seasons and weather conditions, will help determine which types of environments play the biggest role in air quality. The hopes of this study and its conclusions is to further implement recommendations for policy change, addressing those who suffer from breathing difficulties and conditions such as emphysema. This could help lead to new building designs to address these issues and create a healthier environment despite the weather or season.
How is the air quality in your home? Find out by calling us to conduct air quality testing in Massachusetts or New Hampshire for your home or business. You can reach Purely Green Environmental by calling 888-291-3773 or 603-886-0345.