How to Ventilate Your Home

How to Ventilate Your Home

Why is it important?

Ventilation is vital for a healthy home. Proper airflow prevents air pollutants from affecting your respiratory health. By moving air in and out of the house, it can eliminate allergens that may be in your home. It can also rid your house of unwanted smells, that stuffy feeling of stagnant air, and make your house feel fresher and cleaner. Ventilation can even be effective in lowering the concentration of radon gas.

For a clean feeling and clean air, ventilation is extremely important. Each house may have different ventilation needs. For example, old houses tend to have more cracks for the house to breath, letting more air in from the outside. This can make your HFAC work harder in cooling or warming your house, but it also means better ventilation. Your house’s ventilation needs will vary based on its location, age, and build.

Keep airways open.

Opening windows, vents, and doors is step one to proper ventilation. Having windows open particularly when cooking or showering will stop humid air and other odors from being trapped in your house. Keeping doors open can be a big help too. Any time airflow is restricted, ventilation stops. This can not only mean stuffy air, but it may also mean that your HVAC has to work hard to pump air throughout your house. Even if you don’t use the room often, leaving the door open is a good idea.

Clean vents regularly.

Cleaning and replacing the vents in your home will greatly increase your air quality. When your vents are clogged up, air can be contaminated, and air flow can be restricted. Not to mention your HVAC will have to work hard to push air through these vents, potentially costing you more money. Keep those vents clean and clear will help your air to also be clean and clear. They are very easy (and cheap) to replace and should be replaced regularly. Keeping those vents clean and unobstructed is also very important to allow the airflow to continuously spread throughout the house.

Use dehumidifiers.

Watch the moisture level in your house. Ideal humidity levels should be around 40 to 50%. Excessive humidity could lead to mold growth, wood rotting, and other needs house repairs. Your air may also turn stagnant and uncomfortable. Using a dehumidifier, particularly during humid seasons or if you live in a humid area, can be very helpful for your air quality.

Balance indoor ventilation systems and outdoor air.

When you’re ventilating your house, use a balance of indoor and outdoor air supply. Meaning, sometimes use your HVAC and fans to get the aid flowing and sometimes utilize the outdoor air by opening up those windows. Giving your HVAC a break every once in a while, will help it to last longer and run more efficiently. Try turning off your HVAC at night and opening up windows. Take advantage of the windows in your bathrooms and kitchen. These areas usually need more ventilation than others.