Ventilation is very important for one’s home. Not only does it help in cooling the air during the hot months, it also drives out volatile organic compounds (VOC) and allergens such as pollen and dust that may be harmful to one’s health. Plus, proper ventilation also helps in prolonging the life span of your home’s wood support by regulating moisture that condenses from the air.
In building your dream homes, design and the overall aesthetic is the often at the forefront of decision-making. From choosing the architecture, to the interior, to the bits and pieces like flower pots going to a certain corner, the foremost consideration is how it would appeal to the eyes of the beholder. Most often compromised is the overall ventilation.
There are several ways to improve your home ventilation:
- Open your windows
Sounds cliché, but the easiest way for proper ventilation is to open your windows. This easily airs out your homes and keeps foul smell from lingering especially when you are cooking. On hot days, this also aids in airing out your home without the added cost on your electric bills.
- Set-up vents and exhaust fans
Perhaps, one of the most helpful tips in ventilating your homes is to install exhaust fans and vents. This is especially important for areas that generate a lot of moisture like the kitchen, the laundry area and your bathrooms. These places are often the source of stale air that flows throughout the house sucking all the fresh air with it, sometimes even affecting your closets with the smell.
Exhaust fans and vents help expel this air even before it condenses to moisture causing mildew that would cause peeling of walls and decaying of wood.
- Install air-conditioning units
Some homes do not have enough windows for ventilation. One way to do it is to install electric and ceiling fans and air-conditioning units to help push the hot air out. This is most helpful especially on extreme hot summers and days when air is exceptionally humid. Not only does it prevent you from getting roasted from heated air, it also makes your daily living more comfortable and sweat-free.
- Insulate spaces that causes heating
When we speak of ventilating, the first thing that comes into mind is expelling recycled air that flows continuously within the household. The first steps usually include opening your doors, windows and vents to suck out the air.
Whether it is too much heat or too much cold, both could affect the temperature of a household because a part or some parts of the house serve as a conductor that transfers extreme heat or cold to the inside of one’s home. The proper way to address this is through insulating those parts.
Metal window frames are one example of these parts that could easily affect the inside of your home. In addressing this, you could easily raid the nearest home store within your town for DIY insulation kits. Searching the internet for possible solutions could help. However, if you’d want to have it replaced for something that would work better like timbers, then perhaps, calling the expert in your area would also be a great solution.
Your garage could also be a source of unnecessary heat in your homes. For some whose garages are not adjacent to their homes it may not be that evident, but for those whose garage is attached to their houses it could sometimes be uncomfortable. One solution to this is to have your garage doors insulated.
Many people do not realize that insulating their garage doors actually helps lessening their electric consumption by reducing the need for additional air-conditioning units and heating systems, whichever is needed depending on the weather. Garage Door service providers often has an array of insulation materials suited to your needs – products that work doubly hard in all kinds of weather and keeps unwanted dirt, leaves and water from your garage, preventing premature decaying. If you are not sure of your choices, you can always contact experts on the field in your area.
Proper ventilation should not be taken for granted. By doing so, it may not just be detrimental to the health of your family but to the ‘health’ of your home as well.