Replacement Windows – A Step Toward Healthier Homes

Improving your home’s airflow with high-quality replacement windows from Pella is a step toward keeping airborne germs at bay. In the last year Madison WI homes have become impromptu school rooms and offices. The concern for the COVID virus in all its variations isn’t going away soon. High-efficiency windows and doors make sure the airflow within your house is as you want it – through open windows not drafts and air leaks.

Opening windows is the best way to create a healthy airflow in any home.

Health professionals encourage maintaining a steady flow of fresh air throughout your house. Airflow helps to regulate temperature making rooms more comfortable and safer to breathe. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports levels of indoor air pollutants are as high as 2 to 5 times more than outdoor levels for the same thing. That’s especially true in Wisconsin’s cold winter months.

The obvious first step to increase airflow is simple: open windows. According to a study done by Pella Windows, only 57% of homeowners open windows in the winter. When the daily high temperature around Madison is below 0, can you blame them? At the same time, the Center For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) says opening windows is the simplest way to reduce the spread of diseases like coronavirus.

So what do you do in southern Wisconsin in mid-winter? First, you don’ need to open every window as wide as it goes. You want to create airflow, not wind. Fresh air from a window open as few as 15 minutes a day helps – and it boosts mental health, too.

Team Replacement Windows With Common Sense

Opening one window doesn’t do the job. To refresh the air in your home you need to create flow – some fresh air in, some out. Circulation is the goal. For the best results, take into account:

  • Which way the wind blows – you may want to open different windows on different days.
  • Understand how the landscape outside impacts airflow around your house.
  • Review the floor plan of your home – where are the walls that get in the way of airflow?
  • Don’t overlook personal allergies and smells from outside – if the neighbor is having a wood-burning fire you don’t want smoke in your house.

Which way does the wind blow? Open a window or two facing into the wind – just open a crack – beings fresh air inside. Be sure to open one or two on the opposite side of the house, too. That creates the necessary circulation to bring good air in and bad air out. Only opening windows on one side of the house just brings cold air in, it doesn’t refresh your home.

Double-hung replacement windows can be opened from either the top or the bottom.

If you have a multiple level home, open windows on the windward side on the upper level and away from the wind on lower levels – create a flow from top to bottom. You want to take advantage of science, and get the most efficient airflow, right? Cold air sinks so outdoor air coming in “upstairs” will slowly settle to lower floors.

You can take advantage of this rule of physics on a ranch-style home, too. Do you have double-hung windows? Opening windows at the top on the side facing the wind and opening those away from the wind from the bottom will create the same flow in miniature.

Create Fresher Indoor Air All Year

Any time of year taking into account what’s happening outside makes sense. You don’t want to open windows when the lawn is getting treated for weeds right outside, do you? Or if a neighbor is burning leaves. If smells from outside permeate your home even when the windows are closed and locked, it’s time to consider replacement windows that protect your indoor air.

In addition to making the most of efficient windows, consider other ways to protect and improve indoor airflow:

  • Ceiling fans – turning a ceiling fan on low keeps air moving and benefits cross-ventilation. Upward air movement in the winter helps to move hot air that collects near the ceiling for uniform comfort.
  • Air filters – a dirty air filter in your furnace not only reduces airflow for both heating and cooling, it raises energy bills and keep particles and germs in the air longer. Even if the filter you use says it’s good for 90 days, change it more often.
  • Map airflow – take a minute and map out in your mind how air flows inside your house? What obstructions restrict it? You might want to move some furniture around.

It makes sense to evaluate your home’s ventilation room-by-room. Each room has different demands depending upon how you use it. And those demands may have changed in the last year as your lifestyle adjusted to the COVID situation. Are you making changes to accommodate home schooling, more family members at home at one time, or working from home?

Whenever you have more people in your living space indoor air quality becomes a priority. Replacing windows to provide better ventilation and more natural light is high on the list of choices for home remodeling projects.

Advantages To Replacing Windows

If your existing windows aren’t doing the job – they’re hard to open, air leaks, condensation is an issue or they’re damaged – replacing them now makes sense. Consider these immediate advantages to installing new windows:

  1. Ventilation – modern windows provide the latest in opening designs, screens and shades to make it possible to open your home and take advantage of fresh air.
  2. Security – with the entire family at home more often, making sure windows are safe and secure gets more attention than it used to, doesn’t it? With new lock designs, remote locking options and impact-resistant window glass your get peace of mind plus high-tech performance.
  3. Noise control – if you’re trying to conducts a Zoom meeting or the kids are online with a teacher, you don’t want to be annoyed by a neighbor’s snowblower, right? Pella has noise reduction windows using specially-engineered glass and frames to block excess noise.
  4. More natural light – when you’re feeling “cooped up” at home nothing helps improve the mood than natural light. Larger, stylish windows make a big difference on the room and your mood.

What’s Trending for Replacement Windows In 2021

When it comes to improving your home environment, bringing the outdoors in is a trend lending itself to windows. More light and more fresh air are top goals. Early window trends for 2021 include:

  • Big is better – taller, wider windows is a carryover trends from last year. Combining awning and casement windows to provide airflow with a broad expanse of glass is popular.
  • Bring the outdoors in – Wisconsin’s seasons offer plenty of great weather to enjoy your outdoor living space. Making the transition from indoors to outdoors more seamless is a trend that’s growing. Update old installation of boring windows with bow or bay windows. Or maybe a new patio door.
  • Accessibility – aging in place is a growing trend keeping pace with an aging population. New, high-tech windows make opening/closing easier replacing old cranks and levers with finger-operated slides.
  • Embrace color – window frames were once either wood or white. Almost any color is available today. Dark window frame colors are gaining favor. One of the most popular is black. While white is still common, its opposite is gaining on it. Using colored window frames allows home remodelers to create “modern traditional” looks.

Do you want a quick refresher course in how to blend window design into your home – inside and outside – take a look at Pella’s Windows 101. You want answers without a sales pitch, right? This is the place.

Sims Exteriors & Remodeling is a Certified Installation Contractor for all Pella Windows. When you consult a Pella specialists you’re tapping years of experience.

Sims Exteriors & Remodeling is committed to every phase of quality residential construction – remodeling, roofing, siding, replacement windows and additions. Contact Sims Exteriors & Remodeling at 608-825-4500 or via  email for the latest replacement windows for your Madison WI home.

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