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How to Improve Ventilation for Better Indoor Air Quality

When it comes to ventilation, some of you may be wondering why it’s important. Houses built over 100 years ago didn’t need it, so why now? Is it just another sales tactic?

We’ve got all the answers for you here.

First off, no, it’s not a sales tactic. Ventilation wasn’t something a group of people came up with to make more money off you. It really is necessary!

Homes built over 100 years ago were laden with gaps, holes, and cracks, which is also why they were so leaky, but this allowed for natural ventilation.

These homes also didn’t have good insulation, so air could easily make its way into and through it. If you think about it, too, the building materials used were for the most part completely natural as opposed to what we use now, and didn’t include harsh chemicals or flame retardants.

Homes now are sometimes so well insulated that it’s difficult to let in fresh air.

With temperatures as high as they are, opening a window or propping open a door isn’t always the best or brightest idea for getting a dose of fresh air.

There are, however, a few things you can do to improve your home’s indoor air quality, one of which is ensuring your home has a good ventilation system. A properly functioning ventilation system allows for clean, safe air – and boosts your home’s efficiency. To maintain a healthy air flow, try these useful tips!

Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are great for not only keeping you cool during the summer, but also for circulating air. During the circulation process, odors and pollutants are directed towards filters so that they can be cleared.

During the winter, turn your ceiling fan clockwise to redistribute warm air, and during the winter turn your ceiling counter clockwise to produce a cooling effect.

However, it is imperative to remember that ceiling fans, while they are a great source of comfort, only produce such an effect so as long as you’re in the room. So whenever you decide to leave the room, turn the fan off so that you aren’t wasting energy.

Know Your Home

Find out which doors and windows create the best breezes for your home. This will be especially useful during the summer when temperatures go over 100 degrees as it will prevent excessive breezes from entering into your home.

Vent Locations

Kitchens, bathrooms, and any other high humidity location in your home should be equipped with a vent that leads to the outdoors. This will allow for balanced humidity levels in your home. Use your bathroom and kitchen fans to vent out smoke and excess moisture.

If the fans in your home are vented into the attic or a crawl-space, address it immediately as this could lead to various problems including mold growth!

Additionally, inspect your clothes dryer to see that is is vented outside, as this particular appliance produces hot air.

As a safety measure, periodically clean your vent to prevent lint from accumulating. Click here to learn how to clean your dryer vents. It has been estimated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission that nearly 15,000 house fires occur each year due to lint buildup.

Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV)

If you want fresh, clean air with minimal energy loss than an ERV system is right for you! This ventilator transfers heat and moisture from inside your home to the outside, stabilizing the humidity levels.

A home that has excessive moisture is susceptible to mold growth, so it is critical that your home be balanced.

As an added benefit, an ERV will send any pollutant outdoors, allowing you to breathe easier with clean, fresh air.