4 Proven Methods to Improve Home Air Quality

4 Proven Methods to Improve Home Air Quality

This post was a collaboration between Thompson Creek and Anna Suarez, a health advocate passionate about toxins and air quality

Owning a home comes with a seemingly endless supply of projects to complete and things to fix. Amidst all the visible renovations, it is important to prioritize air quality in order to breathe easy. Indoor air can actually contain particles that impact human health, which is why you should follow these tips and feel confident in the air you breathe!

Avoid interaction with potentially harmful chemicals

Potentially hazardous chemicals can be present both in the products used inside a home, as well as in the home’s structure. The Environmental Working Group conducted a study of some common household cleaners and found that 53% of those reviewed contained chemicals that are harmful to lungs. This video shows a simple homemade recipe for cleaning windows.

Additionally, older homes may have been built with materials that are now known to be harmful, such as lead paint or asbestos insulation. Disturbing these materials, whether intentionally or as an unintended result of another home project, can have consequences for your health. Lead is a neurotoxin that causes a multitude of health problems, and inhaling asbestos fibers can lead to a very aggressive form of cancer. Thompson Creek installation professionals are trained to follow the EPA guidelines for safe work around asbestos and lead.

Ensure proper ventilation

Indoor ventilation is another easy way to maintain good air quality. According to growing scientific evidence, indoor air can be much more polluted compared to outdoor air, and with people spending an average of 90% of their time indoors, this can have major health consequences. Specialty HVAC systems bring in fresh air from the outdoors and dilute indoor pollutants. However, natural ventilation, such as opening the windows, may be a good supplement. This is especially true when working on projects in the home like painting or construction, that release high volumes of particles into the air at once. If your windows do not open easily due to aging or wood deterioration, it may be time to consider vinyl replacement windows for ease of use.

Introduce plants

Another natural solution to improve air quality is to rely on plants to absorb toxins from the air. Certain plants have been shown to have this capability, and can remove chemicals like formaldehyde, benzene, and ammonia. This includes plants such as aloe vera, spider plants, mums, and boston ferns, to name a few. But the specific chemicals that are absorbed depend on the variety of plant, use this list to get started. Keep in mind that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing, so distribute plants throughout the home instead of concentrating them in a specific area since the excess moisture may have adverse affects.

Address moisture areas

Mold is a common threat to indoor air quality. Removing mold can be a chore, and must be done with proper equipment in order to avoid inhaling any spores. However, there are steps homeowners can take in order to prevent the growth of this environmental contaminant.

Start by noting areas in the house where there is poor circulation. Condensation on windows is an indicator that the insulation gas between the glass panels has escaped. This impacts not only potential mold growth inside, but also lowers the energy efficiency since the chamber between the glass panes holds an innate gas which serves as a thermal barrier.

Homeowners can certainly be kept busy maintaining their properties, and this includes protecting air quality. Staying aware and addressing these risks helps residents support their health for years to come.

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20 thoughts on “Removing Window Screens for the Winter – Yes, You Need To Do This

  1. Thanks for pointing out that the tracks must be thoroughly cleaned so that there will be no incidents of stuck windows in the future. I will keep this in mind so that we will not have such issues. I just needed to know about these things because we will have all the windows replaced next month in the house that we’ve bought. It is because they are too old already.

    1. All of the winter window preparation tips are important to ensure your windows will perform their best during the cold months. Check back for more tips soon!

  2. Great advice! I would add “don’t hire a handyman”. I have seen more problems created by a “handyman” that turned a simple repair into an expensive replacement.

    1. We are extremely proud to be the one company that does it all – design, build and install. All of our products are backed by our warranty and post-installation service so our customers don’t have to worry about a handyman ever again!

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  4. We had Thompson creek windows installed 10yrs ago to one of the Windows were broken and they are double pain is this something covered under the lifetime warranty

    1. Thank you for your comment, Christopher. Yes, this is something covered under the lifetime warranty. Please contact us at (301) 640-5497. We look forward to resolving this issue.

    1. Hi Nina! Yes, this is very normal. Instead of allowing the cold air into your home, Thompson Creek windows will attract the cold air, making the windows cold to touch.

  5. I had no idea that ice could damage your window panes. It is important to consider maintenance when choosing windows. We are planning on getting new folding windows, so I wanted to look into it beforehand.

  6. I agree that your home’s exterior envelop takes all the beating during rains and hot temperature as well as absorb all kind of dirt and molds. It’s a great thing that you mentioned proper ways on how to clean the vinyl siding. This is informative to me because I’m planning to get vinyl siding for my new house. Once done, I’ll remember all these tips to make sure that the coating is always sturdy from any external factors.

  7. It helped when you mentioned how single pane windows are simple to repair. I understand that having the right tools can also help this process move along faster. Personally, I would want to have the tools and replacements from a reputable provider that wors in my area.

  8. I like what you said about double pane windows and how they have a space between two different glass sheets. This is important to understand if you are in need of window repairs. My neighbor wants to get his window taken care of by a contractor, so I’ll make sure to find a reputable repair service in town.

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