The nationwide lockdowns introduced to tackle Covid-19 caused widespread mental health problems among all age groups in the UK, with nearly one-third of adults experiencing significant psychological distress, according to government research. In particular, a lack of access to communal or open spaces affected the residents of high-rise apartments who, without gardens in which to spend their time, were forced into confinement with little natural light or fresh air.
However, it’s important not to assume that these are problems only consistent with emergency lockdowns. Research consistently describes the health effects of living in high-rise flats, in particular elevated levels of psychological distress and poor mental health outcomes.
In this article, we’ll explore how high-rise window maintenance can positively impact the mental wellbeing of residents.
The Benefits Of Natural Light And Air
Well-maintained windows fill indoor living spaces with natural light, boosting mental health. Natural light helps to regulate circadian rhythms, improve mood, and increase vitamin D production and has been repeatedly linked to reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety. In one study of European schools, natural light improved concentration and helped to improve students’ performance by up to 15 per cent.
Additionally, high-quality windows facilitate a flow of fresh air into a building, which is essential for mental health. Ventilation reduces the build-up of allergens, mould, and pollutants, creating a healthier living environment, while fresh air improves cognitive function, reduces stress levels, and improves wellbeing.
Connection To The Outdoors
In high-rise living without easy access to a garden, residents may feel disconnected from the outside world. High-rise window maintenance – for example, refitting seals to eliminate misting inside a double-glazed unit – improves views of the outdoors, allowing residents to connect with nature. Even when physical access to green spaces is limited, being able to see natural elements through windows can provide a sense of calm and tranquillity.
A More Peaceful Environment
Windows that are in good condition, with proper seals, can help reduce external noise, creating a quieter and more peaceful living environment. Excessive noise contributes to increased stress levels and negative physical health: in a Europe-wide study, excessive environmental noise was associated with 48,000 cases of ischaemic heart disease and 12,000 premature deaths, in addition to chronic sleep disturbance and even reading impairment among children. By effectively insulating against noise pollution, windows in high-rise properties improve living standards and reduce stress and anxiety.
Contact Us To Find Out More
To ensure the residents in your high-rise apartment block can enjoy a comfortable standard of living and benefit from windows that are well-maintained and functioning, please get in touch with Mila Maintenance today.
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