Hot, sticky, and stale air can make your home very uncomfortable. Here at Riddle Heating & Air, we want to help you achieve better indoor air quality this summer. So we have listed down these easy ways to improve your home’s ventilation. Check them out below!
Don’t Forget the Basics
Let us start with the most basic, yet a lot of homeowners tend to forget—opening your doors and windows regularly. By doing this, you are letting natural ventilation flows in and pushing the stale air out. It helps in removing excess moisture, allergens, and other airborne pollutants. Thus, it reduces summer-allergy symptoms and prevents other breathing problems.
Another basic trick you can do is keep your home clean. Wash the curtains, beddings, and vacuum the carpets frequently to improve your home’s ventilation.
Add Bathroom & Kitchen Ventilation
You may start with the installation of a wall or ceiling-mounted exhaust fan in your bathrooms. This will draw excess moisture out. Additionally, think about adding a range hood above the stove or cook-top. It will help move humid air outside, which keeps your home feeling fresh.
Dry Your Laundry Outside
Make the most of the heatwave—dry your laundry outside. You may consider drying your clothes under a patio cover or canopy. This way, your clothes can still dry when sudden rain comes and prevent condensation from forming in your home. However, if your only option is to keep your laundry inside, be sure to open the windows. This will allow the excess moisture to escape. You may also use fans to dry them off quickly.
Invest in Dehumidifiers
There are instances where your air conditioning system fails to remove enough moisture, particularly during the hot summer season. In this case, using dehumidifier is your best option to control the humidity level in your home. It prevents dust mites, mildew, and mold build-up in your space where there is limited ventilation. Also, it gets rid of unpleasant odors caused by bacteria or other harmful particles.
Use Exhaust & Ceiling Fans
Did you know that using exhaust and ceiling fans help reduce the workload of your A/C system? These fans work perfectly in pulling out heat and moisture from your home through vents. Furthermore, using ceiling fans are an effective way of maintaining your home’s ventilation and achieve your money-saving goals. How? Adjust the direction of your ceiling fans to counterclockwise. It creates the ‘breeze’ effect, which helps you feel cooler and more comfortable. You can now raise the temperature on your thermostat and don’t’ forget to turn it off before leaving.