The air you breathe is important to your health. In Florida, with high temperatures and humidity, it can be hard to know how to get the best indoor air quality. Our locally owned and operated air and heat company makes it our business to provide you with these effective home ventilation tips for better indoor air in Florida.
How Do Home Ventilation Systems Work?
A home ventilation system is how a house “breathes.” The function is to draw in the fresh air and exhaust stale air. The goal of proper ventilation is to balance moisture levels, reduce fumes, and create comfortable breathing in your living space. This is largely done through a balanced ventilation system and actions you can take to create better indoor air quality.
What are Exhaust Vents?
A house should have exhaust ventilation and fans in attics and/or crawlspaces as well as interior areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. Roofs have ridge vents, roof vents, turbine vents, and/or gable vents designed to “vent” excess heat from your home.
What are Intake Vents?
Intake vents are designed to pull cooler air into your home. These are found in soffit vents, rafters, eaves, or foundation areas. Each has specific functions to circulate and cool areas of your home. Our professionals can help you determine if you have the necessary exhaust and intake ventilation systems.
How Can I Ventilate My Home for Better Indoor Air?
If you have the right ventilation system in your home, then you can start using it effectively! Here are some helpful house ventilation tips:
Open windows. While this may not be a frequently available option, when humidity is below 60%, opening your windows is an energy-efficient natural ventilation system.
Filter. Whole-house or single-room humidifiers can help with moisture control and air movement. Also, remember to replace your HVAC filters per the manufacturer’s recommendation to reduce airborne pollutants and save on energy costs.
Use exhaust fans. Kitchens, bathrooms, and some homes with attic fans can turn on these exhausts to take the air out of the room it’s in and vents it outside.
Keep things clean. Vacuuming (especially with a HEPA filter) and reducing household dust will keep your system from circulating dirty air.
Get a plant. Many low-maintenance indoor plants are natural filters for indoor air pollutants. Here are some popular plants to choose from.
Reynold’s Air & Heat understands the importance of staying cool in Florida while also lowering your energy bills. Proper home ventilation is one of the best ways to prioritize both. Give us a call to schedule an appointment for an HVAC tune-up and reduce your energy costs today.