Having proper ventilation in house is a very important thing. Ventilating your home is must especially for comfort and health of your family. Ventilating your home is also very important to get rid of moisture, cooking odors, indoor pollutants and smoke. Ventilating your home also controls the level of heat in the attic. Ventilating your home also helps in moderating dampness in the basement and crawlspace. Not only has this, ventilating your home also kept moisture away if your walls are not insulated. Here are some tips for ventilating your home.
While ventilating your home, first of all you must figure out those areas in your home which are source of moisture. Usually bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchen are such areas which accumulate the most amount of moisture. For ventilating your home in an appropriate manner, you must have three key exhaust units in your home. You can use exhaust fan for ventilating the key areas of moisture in your home, one exhaust fan should be installed in kitchen, one in bathroom and one in laundry room. Many of the kitchens have range hood for ventilation but it actually don’t work as a ventilation device, it just does the work of filtering and recycling the stove top air. Ventilating your home don’t only deals with interior ventilation, if your kitchen contains steamy and smoky air and the walls are filled with grease then it will need exterior vents for appropriate ventilation. Once ventilating your home and then, leaving it without looking back for years is not right thing to do. Sometimes there is airborne grease in the home and this makes exhaust fans sticky. Sticky exhaust fans usually attract dust and dirt. Thus it is very important to check the fan once in a while and clean the fan blades and grill at least twice in a year.
It’s very essential to keep moisture and heat away that it doesn’t rot or roast your home. Some key areas after kitchen and bathroom is basement and attic space. These areas capture moisture very quickly. When you want to ventilate attic space, you need to create upward flow of air. Where as in case of basement, cross ventilation is the solution to stay away from moisture issues. You must have enough vents in these areas. Having enough vents is not sufficient you must also have a check as to these vents are not blocked due to crud, insufficient ventilation or dead squirrels.
You must check that your attic is not too hot in the summer, if it is so then there is a need of installing extra vents at the ridge of the roof and at the eaves. You can call a professional for inspection and installation. After installation also it’s important to have a check, if there are any badly damaged vents then it must be replaced. If possible paint your vents and that too in light colors so that it reflects the heat.