Outdoors In: Open Window Tips

One of our favorite ways to bring the outdoors in at this time of year is to throw open the sashes. Opening the windows is a favorite fair-weather practice because it instantly enlivens a space with new sounds, smells, feelings...

We've noticed some of our friends and family, for various reasons, prefer to keep their windows closed, relying on air conditioning as soon as the weather warms up. It can be tough to keep windows open without letting in unwanted dirt, grime, street noise, and hot air.

Is yours a windows-open household? What are your open-window tips for keeping interiors clean, unwanted sounds at a minimum, and the air conditioner at bay? (We often open our windows at night to flush out the warm daytime air). Please share your tips below for getting the most out of open windows at home:

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