How Do Window Locks Affect Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality?

Energy efficiency and indoor air quality (IAQ) are important to homeowners in Martin, Palm Beach, and Indian River counties. Windows are an important component of your energy-efficiency efforts. They also factor into keeping your IAQ high. Many homeowners are aware of how insulation around windows can help in these matters, but most don’t consider how window locks fit into the equation.

Energy Efficiency and Windows

Let’s look at how windows affect your energy efficiency. Simply put, it’s a question of airflow. If you’re shutting off your HVAC system and opening your windows to allow fresh air into the house, you’ll see savings on your energy bills. On the other hand, if you have leaks around your windows that are letting cooled or heated air out and outdoor air in when your HVAC system is running, you’re basically blowing money out the window.

IAQ and Windows

Windows also contribute to your indoor air quality. It’s important to have sources of controlled fresh air to keep your IAQ high. Fresh air helps clear out dust and pollutants from cooking, furniture, off-gassing, and other sources. The flip side is that outdoor pollutants like pollen or fumes from vehicles can come in from outside. The trick is to balance the good and the bad. This is where window locks can help.

How Window Locks Improve Efficiency and IAQ

Typically, window locks are needed more for security. However, they do one thing that positively affects both efficiency and air quality: They force windows into a shut position. If your windows are properly sealed, they should let little to no air through when they’re shut. This ensures that you can control when and if you have outside air coming into your home.

If you’re reluctant to open windows because you’re concerned about remembering to close them, consider installing a smart lock system. These systems communicate with your phone or home assistant to let you know when windows aren’t locked. They make a great second line of defense as you’re trying to make your home healthier and more energy-efficient.

For more information about how window locks and other window upgrades can affect your indoor air quality, contact NisAir Air Conditioning. We’ve proudly served Martin, Palm Beach, and Indian River counties since 1973.

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