It is not an overstatement to say that proper air circulation is vital in any home. This is because an adequate home ventilation system helps prevent dust and mold build-up, gets rid of airborne impurities, and regulates indoor temperature. In short, it provides a more pleasant and safer breathing environment.
Poor quality indoor air can put your and your family’s health at risk. When indoor air remains stagnant, or there is an unwanted build-up of mold and dirt, you need to act fast to get indoor air flowing. The following are some things you can do:
Steps That Can Help Improve Indoor Air Quality
Open Your Doors and Windows
This simple solution may be counterintuitive. But, it is one of the fastest and easiest ways to improve air circulation inside your home. Open the windows and doors in different rooms. The resulting air cross-flow will enhance the flow of air within your entire home.
You get cross-ventilation when air flows from one part of your home, and goes into another room. This can cool down a hot and sweaty body by removing hot indoor air. This can be helpful, in particular, at night time, especially when the outdoor air coming in is cool.
You can apply cross-ventilation in any of your rooms, as long as there are enough openings. Some homes only have two rooms that are located far apart. In such cases, you need to consider the flow of air throughout the entire house if you want to ventilate the rooms adequately. Think of how the doorways and corridors can move air from end to end.
prevent dust and mold build-up, gets rid of airborne impurities, and regulates indoor temperature
Using both regular and exhaust fans can help improve the overall air quality in your home by ensuring the continuous circulation of air. Window fans can help facilitate better indoor and outdoor air exchange.
An exhaust fan draws stagnant air inside your home outwards. It limits indoor humidity and helps get rid of airborne contaminants.
People can tolerate warmer temperature indoors when the air is moving. This is where ceiling fans can help. They offer an affordable and energy-efficient way to improve the natural airflow in your home. Following are some tips to maximize the use of your ceiling fans, while saving energy:
- Switch the fan off when no one is inside the room. – Remember, the fan is meant to cool people and not the room.
- Adjust the controls depending on the season. – During summer, use the fan in counter-clockwise airflow direction. Position yourself along the path of the air movement. The faster the airspeed, the more cooling effect you will enjoy. During winter, reverse the airflow direction. Use it at low speed to attract warm air from the ceiling down to where you are.
Install an Attic Vent
Insufficient ventilation in your attic can lead to trapped stagnant air. It can then get through the attic floor, and into the other parts of your home. While it is best to let experts do the job of installing an attic vent for you, you can do the installation of a gable vent in the attic on your own. Just make sure to do the frame-cutting based on the manufacturer’s directions. Likewise, use the provided tools to mount the vent. You can also install an attic fan to enhance air circulation in your attic.
Achieving Lower Electricity Bills during the Summer Months
Like most other homeowners, you use your air-conditioning system to cool your home a lot during the summer months. The simple and easy to do tips provided in this post can help you save money on your utility bills. They will also allow you to use your cooling system at cool temperature settings less frequently.
You can still use your air-con as often as you used to during past summer months, but at “fan” settings only – unless the weather is hot. This will not only lower your electricity bills. It will also help prolong the life of your HVAC system. The key is to make sure there is proper air circulation in your home.