Does Anything Prevent You From Opening Your Windows At Night?

@Janey1966 (24127)
Carlisle, England
June 26, 2011 7:06pm CST
This could be anything from being afraid of flying critters, security, or in my case, it just ain't warm enough. Haha! However, it IS warm enough tonight as the whole country it seems is blanketed in humid air, something we're not used to. At Mum's I do open the window more (in my bedroom) as the air is better there anyway. It's a combination of being a seaside Town and Mum having a large garden with a cemetery beyond that has lots of trees, giving me a much-needed, clean oxygen supply. We don't have any trees round here but Carlisle is quite a leafy City as it's on the doorstep of the Lake District so it's OK I suppose. Far too many cars on the road though which is a shame. Lost opportunity there as I reckon we should have a Park and Ride Scheme but I'll probably go on about that in another discussion sometime..I'm waffling..and not for the first time either!
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@marguicha (88430)
• Chile
27 Jun 11
I open my windows during daytime, even a little bit in Winter, but close them at night. I am afraid that some critter will come to my room while I´m asleep. But I never bolt a big glass door to the garden as I´m very much afraid of earthquakes (mine is the country with biggest earthquakes in the world) so I want to run out whenever a big one comes.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
27 Jun 11
Oh my, I'd not thought about natural disasters. We have the odd earthquake here but they're so small we don't even notice them. I guess we're lucky in that department. I absolutely LOVE your avatar and I want one of those drinks RIGHT NOW!
@marguicha (88430)
• Chile
27 Jun 11
My glass door is shut so critters don´t come in (I´d die if I saw a cockroach inside!)but unbolted so I can jump from the bed, open it with the knowledge of a lifetime and stand in the middle of the grass freeezing. This is exactly what I did last year, on February 27. Even if it was Summer, our nights are cold. My house is safe though because my late husband was an architect and he build it for my fears. The piña coladas are OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
27 Jun 11
Yes, I can tell that by the expression on your face. Remind me what's in them please as I don't even know if I've ever drank one. Looks yummy I must say!
• United States
27 Jun 11
Though I do live in a fairly good neighborhood I am usually leery about opening windows at night. Have been this way for most of life. But since living with my boyfriend who does like to open the windows, I am sort of use to it, but don't let me hear noises and or voices as then I would sleep with one eye open. It has not been too humid here at all, in fact unseasonably cool, but here is something odd. During the winter months we did not get much heat in our apartment as we froze quite a bit all winter long. The funny part is that for a few days the heat has been running here and we cannot control it, so windows have been up quite a bit as my sinuses and headache is raging from the humidity in the apartment. We have called the landlord who does not live in the building but to date all we get are voice mail and still suffering the heat in the apartment.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
27 Jun 11
Oh dear, I wouldn't like that one bit my friend. How unfortunate. I hope it all gets sorted out soon by your landlord. It's terrible having to rely on them isn't it? I've had my fair share, believe me!
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
27 Jun 11
Keep your windows shut! A red balloon might just float in
• United States
27 Jun 11
It's awful actually as my sinuses have been raging all day. Oh and as for the red balloon floating in, Hmm YES then I could have a party with the crazy music and feet stomping that goes on upstairs at 3am almost daily.
@GardenGerty (95779)
• Marion, Kansas
27 Jun 11
Right now it is the hot weather that is keeping me from opening the windows. I usually have them open about eight months of the year, I think. I love it when I can smell the fragrance of blooming things and hear the tree frogs and crickets.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
27 Jun 11
Wow, you have tree frogs? Aww, I think they're so cute.
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@GardenGerty (95779)
• Marion, Kansas
28 Jun 11
I do not see them often, but I do hear them, if I am out or if the windows are open.
@ElicBxn (60692)
• United States
27 Jun 11
its too hot to do it now, but in the spring and fall I'm known to do it - even off and on in the winter, because winters in Texas aren't that bad... besides, we have screens to keep the flying pests out
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
27 Jun 11
What pests do you have in Texas? Mosquitos by any chance?
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@ElicBxn (60692)
• United States
28 Jun 11
giant! blood sucking!!! bird flu carrying mosquitoes!!!
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
27 Jun 11
It has been very humid here too the last few weeks or so but still lots of rain everyday or so lol. I have stopped opening the windows because we have been plagued with moths, they have been driving us crazy. So the big fan tower came out of the attic the other week
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
27 Jun 11
This is Dublin we're talking about right? Humid? IN DUBLIN! Wow, I'm amazed. I've been there with Mum in August 2005 and I was absolutely FREEZING the whole time and we made the mistake of going for a week. Blink and the weather changed lol. We stayed at the Bourne Hotel is it (or Brooks, can never remember the name of it) and I was about to pay the bill when I realised he'd only charged us for 6 nights instead of 7. Perhaps he did it on purpose, I don't know but it was a lovely surprise to pay less. Obviously, I didn't let on his "mistake." We also got lost..yes indeed. Me and Mum have absolutely NO SENSE OF DIRECTION and ended up in some Financial Quarter where there were no shops. Is the train service called the DART or is that the trams? Well, anyway, we went on the train along the coast and I thought I was being patriotic wearing my England top..walked into a bar and ALL the guys in there stared at me and one said, "Not a good idea to come in here wearing that." I apologised and walked back out again. My face was so red you wouldn't believe. Oh dear. I was just trying to be friendly but I guess I was being extremely naive wearing such a top "out in the sticks" so to speak.
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
27 Jun 11
The weather has been freaky here the last couple of years, you seen the snow we both have been getting the last few years. I am not one for the heat an it has been killing me, I have even been wearing shorts to work and everyone is ribbing me about it. It is hot here but raining, the kind of weather before you get big storm. Say nothing if ya get charged less, sometimes it happens, think of it as a bonus. The DART is the train, Dublin Area Rapid Transport lol. Janey all i can do is apologise for that incident, you know our countries have a history and you will always get some idiots like that. You should not have apologised at all. I guess when you say the sticks it was out of Dublin? It figures. I have no time for that kind of crap and again sorry Janey that you had that kind of attitude over here. Next time you and your Mum come over give me a shout
@dawnald (84133)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Jun 11
heat and cold pretty much- insects aren't an issue since we have screens.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
29 Jun 11
Are they the same as black-out blinds or something different entirely?
@inertia4 (27268)
• United States
28 Jun 11
I do open my windows at night when the weather permits. I do not worry about bugs because I have screens on my windows. I do however always put the air conditioner on when it is hot and humid. What is there to be afraid of anyway? If you are worried about bugs getting in then just get some portable screens to put into the windows. That will help and you will still get that cool breeze.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
28 Jun 11
I do have the windows open..it's just that it's not warm enough to do so as a rule.
@junrapmian (2170)
• Philippines
28 Jun 11
I'm used to opening my windows as long as it is not raining. I'm not worried that someone might have climb up inside because ours have grills and screened for mosquitoes. And most of all I can let the air roam around the room.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
28 Jun 11
That's excellent news.
• United States
27 Jun 11
Hicks and teenagers.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
27 Jun 11
@GemmaR (8526)
27 Jun 11
I don't tend to open my windows at night because I am allergic to pollen and it comes through the windows during the night meaning that I am very uncomfortable the next day because of the pollen that has settled in my bedroom during the night. There is nothing wrong with my area, and the crime levels are very low, so I would never worry about leaving my window open for this reason, however my allergies are just far too bad to risk waking up having difficulties in breathing by the time that the morning comes.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
27 Jun 11
Oh dear, I do sympathise regarding your pollen allergy. I suppose it's different to hayfever is it? Either way, it can't be very nice for you so I can understand your reasoning behind keeping your windows closed at night.
• China
27 Jun 11
In summer,We usually open the windows at night unless It is blowing hard or we turn on the air-conditioning. even if the days are getting hotter,but it is not to such an extent that we cann't stand it without turning on the air-conditioning . As for being afraid of flying creatures,we needn't worry about that,because we have screened our house against mosquitoes and flies.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
27 Jun 11
That's a well-thought out plan my friend and it obviously works. Good for you!
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@sid556 (31006)
• United States
27 Jun 11
We really haven't had many humid nights here where I am. A couple of weeks ago, I put my AC in because it was absolutely unbearable here during the day but at night it cooled right down and I turned it off. Unless it is extremely hot and humid, I don't use the AC at night anyway and I open a window. I'm not afraid of critters or anything. I have a screen and never had anything bother me. I have to say that this year though, I only used the AC a couple of days. At night, it has been downright cold here...sometimes cold even with a sweatshirt. The days have not been a lot better. We've had moments of warm sun and a lot of rain. It's been so chilly here that a couple of days I was tempted to turn on the heat but layered up instead.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
27 Jun 11
Using AC is a totally alien concept to us Brits (apart from in some large stores, hotels etc) and I only found out the extent to which it is used elsewhere,right here on MyLot. It's unfortunate that the temperatures are so erratic where you are. Here it's warmed up considerably the last couple of days but it's set to "break" with thunderstorms. Watch out for the rain to come at Wimbledon..if you're watching it that is. At least they have that awesome roof on Centre Court now. Why one wasn't built when the new No.1 Court was constructed a few years back is a mystery to me.
• Philippines
27 Jun 11
I don't mind bugs and critters coming in from open windows. Also noise from incoming vehicles or noisy neighbors won't prevent me from opening my windows at night. However, I still practice not opening my windows when I am sleeping at night. I worry about thieves and burglars in our place. Robbery is quite rampant in our country so everbody must be cautious. That prevents me from opening my windows during the night. But of course, I open i while I'm still awake at night. I just make sure that I won't fell asleep leaving those windows open and my house vulnerable.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
27 Jun 11
I know what you mean as Mum's house got burgled twice in 6 months (about 10 years ago now) and it was during the night through one of the smaller windows. They've all been replaced now but I can well understand your concerns as I can tell you now..being burgled overnight whilst asleep is NOT very nice.
• United States
27 Jun 11
We are on the 7th floor so we can open the windows all the time. I live on the ground floor and will not open them at night when I am sleeping. since we don't stay there we just locked them all up.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
27 Jun 11
It's good that you are able to do that.
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
27 Jun 11
Hi Janey1966, I open my windows whenever the weather allows me too. I love the fresh clean air. I have noticed that none of my neighbors open their windows on any occasions. I have a screen-in back porch and I sit out there a lot. I have the air conditioner going on inside and I am outside, that is how much I love the fresh air. I also sleep with my windows up when possible.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
27 Jun 11
Hi Chevee, you sound like my Mum. She has her bedroom window open, even in the depths of winter but she reckons it stems from having whooping cough and pneumonia when she was little. Subsequently, she needs fresh air whenever possible. She has told me that she feels the cold more as she's getting older. As for me, I rarely have the bedroom window open although I might do if the vertical blinds weren't there as the window opens inwards. It's a weird contraption and I've no idea why the previous resident had these windows installed at the back (upstairs) as I much prefer the more traditional top-openers. Too expensive to replace them though.
@CarlHalling (3629)
• United Kingdom
27 Jun 11
I've had a window open today, but was plagued by flies. So Once I'd seen to the last of these, I closed it. And it'll stay that way tonight. I almost never have my window open at night.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
27 Jun 11
I don't either although the bedroom window has a weird way of opening..it opens inwards and drives me nuts. Why it can't be like all the other windows down this street I don't know but the previous resident was responsible so we have to put up with it.