14 Nov '11, 10am

Ask Umbra: Is it bad to leave a window open when the heat is on?

When I was in college, I had a friend who thought she was eco-conscious, but she used to crank the heat and then leave the windows open for "fresh air." Years later, I dated a woman who lived in a building where the heaters were stuck on high and the windows were all open. Fast-forward to now: My wife likes to have the radiators on with the windows open ... for the ventilation. While this seems obviously a waste of money and bad for the environment, I don't have the facts to show her why it is so bad. Can you help? Ann Seattle Mmmm, fresh air. Photo: Lori L. Stalteri A. Dearest Ann, I wonder what Window Deity you angered in a previous life, that you should be so shadowed by friends and partners who live in this extravagant way. You're right that cranking the heat and opening the windows makes very little sense. I can say with 100 percent certainty that your wife is wasting...

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