Advice for Residential Ventilation from Our Experts
Ventilation is the proper exchange of indoor and outdoor air, and is essential to today’s airtight, energy efficient homes. Proper ventilation in your home prevents the buildup of indoor air pollutants. In addition, ventilating your home helps control moisture and temperature.
Benefits of Properly Ventilating Your Home
There are several benefits to proper ventilation:
- Adequate ventilation controls the build-up of harmful pollutants in your home.
- Ventilation prevents moisture problems and subsequent mold growth that can lead to wood rot, ruined insulation, and structural damage.
- Ventilation controls high humidity levels that make your AC / heating system work harder, helping control energy costs and comfort levels.
- Properly ventilating your home aids heating and cooling efforts, keeping you comfortable and prolonging the life of your HVAC system.
Ventilation Affects Heating And Cooling Efforts
There are different types of ventilation:
- Whole house ventilation – Mechanically ventilating with whole house fans reduces the need for air conditioning. The powerful suction created by whole house fans exchanges hot air inside your home with cooler outside air. Ceiling mounted whole house fans vent air from your living room into the attic, where it escapes through vents. Quieter, ducted whole house fans transport hot air directly outside of your home using ductwork.
- Natural ventilation – Commonly found in older homes, opening windows and doors to naturally air out and cool your home could help take the strain off of your air conditioner when properly performed. Open your windows in the morning and evening when temperatures are coolest to prevent summer heat gain inside your home, being diligent about closing them before the mercury rises.
- Spot ventilation – Locally ventilating areas inside your home such as the kitchen and bathroom with exhaust fans helps control moisture that can bog down your heating and cooling system. It is typically used in conjunction with other types of ventilation, and can make natural ventilation more effective.
- Structural ventilation – Properly venting your attic and crawlspace controls heat and moisture levels in your home that affect your HVAC system’s capacity to maintain temperature and keep you comfortable. Cross ventilation between the eaves and ridge line in your attic helps control heat and humidity both in the attic and your living space, so ensure these vents are not blocked. Crawlspaces must be properly vented as well to control moisture and prevent structural rot. Visible mildew indicates a need to contact a professional contractor for help properly ventilating this area.
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