The following tips will greatly improve the air flow in your home. Many of them (such as opening doors/windows) don't cost anything at all, and others are very inexpensive.
There are two types of fans that you can use in your home to improve air flow.
Exhaust Fans: Exhaust fans suck air out of your home. They are usually installed in your kitchen, over the stove; and in your bathrooms. Exhaust fans suck moisture and air out of your home, thus improving your air quality by removing air contaminants and stops humidity from building up inside.
Ceiling and Window Fans: Traditional fans move the air around in your home. This circulation of air will help to improve air flow inside. Using a window fan is especially useful as it bringing fresh air from outside and circulating it through your home.
Today we're going to show you 7 ways to improve air flow in home.
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We're going to take a closer look at why having proper air flow in your home is important, and show you how to achieve it. So let's get started.
Opening windows and doors can create a cross-flow of air that will immediately improve air flow in home. This is a simple fix that will start your air to circulate and improve the quality of your air. However, these solutions aren't always practical during the cold winter months or when the weather is inclement.
Stale and stagnant air can get trapped in your attic and then seep through the attic floor to the rest of your home. An attic vent allows this stale air to escape outside and fresh air to circulate inside. If you don't already have an attic vent, you should get one installed.
Even though there is little evidence that cleaning your air ducts will improve the air quality in your home, according to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), you should get them cleaned if there is "visible mold growth inside hard surface (e.g., sheet metal) ducts or on other components or your heating and cooling system." If they are clogged with excessive dust, you should clean them, as that excess dust will be released inside your house through the vents.
If your home is very humid, especially if your basement is damp, a dehumidifier can be an effective way to remove excess moisture from the air. On the other hand, if the air in your home is extremely dry, then using a humidifier will release enough healthy moisture to make your environment more comfortable.
Having proper air flow in home is important because it:
If your air flow is poor, it can actually be harmful for yours and your family's health.
According to the EPA, keeping your heating and cooling system components such as your cooling coils, fans, and heat exchangers clean will ensure that your HVAC system is also working to improve the quality of the air in your home.
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Make sure that all of your air vents are open and clear of any obstructions. If you have large pieces of furniture in front of or placed over your vents, you should really move them so that the air in your rooms is free to circulate through your vents.
If you or anyone in your family has allergies, you may want to set your HVAC fan to "ON." This means that it will be working 24/7. The advantage of this method is that the air in your home is constantly going to through the filter in your HVAC unit and therefore more impurities are taken out of the air. Make sure, however, that you change your air filter often so that it can be the most effective at cleaning your air.
If you aren't as concerned about your air quality, you may choose to keep your furnace's fan set to "AUTO," which means it will come on from time to time. This method will save you on energy costs.
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