Do Your Home’s Ventilating Fans Work To Your AdvantagePublished on: August 16, 2012
When you add ventilation fans to your home, you can expect numerous benefits. For example, ventilation will increase your home’s energy efficiency while improving your home’s indoor air quality. With modern building methods, contractors tightly seal homes, which will escalate their energy savings. However, if your home is impenetrable it will not permit air to move in and out.
In addition to improving your home’s indoor air quality, a ventilation system can reduce the workload of your HVAC unit. When you contact our company for AC maintenance, we can review the benefits of adding a fan unit to your home.
You can choose natural ventilation, which means that you’ll be leaving your home’s windows and doors open. If you select this option, then you’ll want to make sure that you have screens on these areas to prevent the entry of bugs. Depending on the time of year, this may not be the best choice as your heating and cooling bills may grow since your HVAC unit will need to compensate for the temperature changes that will arise from open windows. Also, review your area’s security risk before selecting the open window option.
When you consider the fact that heat rises, adding an attic fan will help your AC unit in decreasing your home’s temperature. Other home ventilation options include whole-house fans, which we recommend for large homes as these systems will dispense air evenly throughout your home.
You can choose to add several window fans. When you add window ventilation, you’ll have numerous mechanisms that will reduce the temperature of your home. Another option is ceiling fans, which will circulate the air in your home. With the addition of ceiling fans, you can increase the thermostat on your home’s HVAC unit by up to four degrees without sacrificing your comfort.
The Air in Your Home
With a home ventilation unit, you will prevent the health risks that can arise from mold. Areas that are especially at risk include your kitchen, laundry room and bathroom. If you upgrade to controlled ventilation, then you will have a system that can block indoor pollutants and stale air. When moisture is a concern for your area, you can include a dehumidifier to your ventilation unit.
Once you include ventilation in your home, you’ll have a system that can reduce the pollutants in your home’s air. If you or someone in your family suffers from allergies, then a ventilation system may help eliminate your allergy triggers.
The Necessity of Proper Ventilation
If you don’t suffer from allergies or health problems, then you may not feel that your home requires a ventilation system. However, improving a home’s indoor air quality is often underappreciated. It can be difficult to notice indoor air problems as they typically develop over time.
You should consider checking your home’s air. You can assess your air by taking a moment to smell your home upon returning after being away for a few hours. If it smells fresh and odor free, then you may have proper ventilation. However, if you smell a slight odor, or if your air seems stale, then you should consider investing in a ventilation unit.
The residents of your home will benefit from fresh indoor air year-round, but summer is when you need it the most since you most likely have your house closed-up tight to reduce your home’s energy bills. When you contact our service department for AC maintenance, we can review your home’s air quality.
Once you contact our AC maintenance team for ventilation installation, we can attach the device to your current HVAC system’s ductwork. In fact, adding a ventilation unit to a ducted system will decrease your installation costs and make the process faster.
If you live in an older home, then you may not have ductwork. Homes constructed 60 or more years ago typically have air leakage issues, and the goal is to eliminate ventilation to improve energy efficiency.
You should consider having ventilation installed if you’ve tightened up the airflow in your older home. With ventilation fans, you’ll improve your home’s indoor air quality. Once you’ve contacted our service team for AC maintenance, our professional staff will evaluate your home’s air quality.
With older homes, opening your windows will still eliminate indoor air pollutants. However, the energy lost will create higher utility bills. At the very least, you should consider adding ventilation fans in your bathrooms and kitchen, which will eliminate moisture and protect your home from mold. In some cases, we can add ductwork to an older home. For example, we may be able to retrofit ductwork into your home’s internal areas along with your basement ceiling.
We recommend contacting our AC maintenance department to place ventilation equipment in your home as the airflow system will improve your indoor air quality while reducing your energy bills.