Ventilation is key to maintaining good indoor air quality (IAQ) in your Fairdale, Kentucky, home. When your home is properly ventilated, you’ll have a constant supply of fresh air circulating throughout the house. This will ensure that dust, pollen, dander, and other pollutants are pushed outside where they belong.
Good ventilation can also remove many of the harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from your indoor air supply that is introduced through cooking and the use of some cleaning supplies. As people spend more time indoors in a sealed up home, ventilation is becoming increasingly important to maintain good respiratory health. Check out some of the easiest ways to improve the ventilation in your home.
Use Exhaust Fans
You should have exhaust fans properly placed throughout your home so that they can draw stale or humid air outside. This is referred to as spot ventilation and typically works best in bathrooms and kitchens. Exhaust fans in the kitchen will usually be placed above your stove unit and are used to remove the VOCs and smoke that can be emitted when you’re cooking on the stove. Bathroom fans are necessary to remove moisture created by steam to prevent the risk of biological growth.
Open Your Windows
When the weather outside is perfect, you may want to embrace it and open your windows to let some fresh air in. Doing this occasionally can help get the stagnant air out of your home and allow you to enjoy days with a nice breeze. Just be sure to watch the pollen index and don’t open the windows on days when the pollen count is high. If the temperature outside is really high, consider waiting until nighttime when the sun has gone down to let in some fresh air.
Install a Fan
House and attic fans are designed to vent stale air out and pull fresh air into your home. The pressure that the system creates can also remove radon and other dangerous contaminants out of the air supply in your home, improving the overall quality of your air.
Use Balanced Ventilation
A balanced ventilation system uses fans to draw the fresh air in from the outside into your home and pushes the stagnant air and pollutants toward an exhaust system that draws the air out. You can improve the system by using ductwork to direct the fresh air into the rooms where it is needed most, including bedrooms and living areas. On the exhaust side, you will want to place fans in rooms that contain or generate the most pollutants or have the highest moisture levels.
Make Sure Your Dryer Is Properly Ventilated
The dryer’s job is to pull the moisture out of your freshly washed clothes so that they can dry. Unfortunately, your dryer may not be properly ventilated. If you do not have enough ventilation, the excess moisture will be released out into your indoor air supply. Make sure that your dryer is properly drying your clothes and check the exterior exhaust vents to make sure that they are free of all blockages. This will improve ventilation and lower your risk of fire.
Install a Whole-House Ventilation System
If you are concerned with the ventilation of your home or just want to make sure that the IAQ in your home is as good as it possibly can be, you might want to consider investing in a whole-house ventilation system. A whole-house ventilation system works by depressurizing the air, keeping the indoor air pressure lower than the outdoor air pressure to help pull fresh air into your home.
Don’t let the IAQ in your home suffer due to a lack of proper ventilation. Try the ventilation techniques above and get rid of stale air and breathe a little easier, or contact One Choice Mechanical, LLC at (502) 242-8204 today to discuss the option of having a whole-home ventilation system installed. One of our heating, cooling, and air quality specialists will help you find the best model to meet your ventilation needs.
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