Now that summer’s in full effect, many of us are finding ways to keep our homes cool. Relying on the air conditioner is always a safe bet, but there are many homeowners facing the dilemma of whether to open the windows or keep them closed when it’s hot outside. Read on as we discuss the benefits and drawbacks of both options.
Closing the Windows
Keeping the windows closed during hot summers can be an effective way to keep your home cool. In doing so, you prevent warm air from infiltrating your home. This approach is particularly beneficial in regions of the United States where outdoor temperatures reach extreme highs. By keeping windows closed and insulating your home using window treatments, you minimize the influx of heat and achieve consistent indoor comfort.
Opening the Windows
On the other side of the argument, opening the windows can facilitate ventilation or air circulation. Ideally, you’ll want to do this during the cooler hours of the day, particularly in the evenings and in the early mornings when the outdoor temperatures are yet to rise. It is also worth noting that to encourage the flow of cooler air, you need to create cross-ventilation. Here, fresh air enters through the open windows on one side of your home and the stale indoor air gets pushed out through another set of windows on the other side.
Keeping Humidity Levels in Mind
Before deciding to open or close your windows, make sure to consider the humidity levels in your area. Opening windows when the outdoor humidity is at its highest may introduce unwanted moisture in your home, resulting in a clammy and uncomfortable atmosphere. In this regard, keeping the windows closed is imperative and turning on your air conditioning would be an effective way to ensure a pleasant indoor environment.
Balancing these two options and employing other cooling methods can help create a comfortable and refreshing indoor environment even as temperatures soar. The key to utilizing your windows effectively for this purpose is to ensure they are in good working order. Otherwise, it might be time to have them replaced. For that, you can count on V. Nanfito Roofing & Siding, Inc. To learn more about our window replacement services, give us a call at (203) 639-1634, or fill out our contact form.