If you’re going green with your new home or renovation, smart home ventilation options are good for the environment, the pocketbook and your health. Here are some tips on how to maximize your green investment.
Whole-home ventilation systems offer many advantages with lower energy bills and fresher, more healthful indoor air quality (IAQ). They also help mitigate mold and moisture problems that can damage home structure and create stale and musty odors.
Energy-recovery ventilators (ERVs) are a wise bet for Sarasota homeowners. ERVs transfer heat and moisture between fresh-air intake and exhausted stale indoor air. Consider a self-powered ERV with an on-board fan, which uses substantially less electricity than the heat pump or A/C air handler. When correctly installed, ERVs allow you to enjoy fresh air any time of year and manage indoor humidity with little or no significant bump in energy bills.
Many moisture, health and IAQ issues stem from improperly installed exhaust fans. The kitchen and bathrooms are sources for added moisture, heat and odors. Exhaust fans should be vented outside the home, rather than into the attic. (Attics in Bradenton homes already have enough problems with ventilation, heat and moisture without adding more.)
Run exhaust fans during cooking and bathing activities, and continue to run the exhaust fans for about 10 minutes after cooking and bathing. And, don’t forget to exhaust clothes-dryer heat and moisture outside, too.
Ceiling fans can make a room feel up to seven degrees cooler when operated correctly. Ceiling fans don’t actually lower the temperature of the room; they provide a wind-chill effect by removing moisture from the skin more quickly, which is how our bodies cool off.
During the cooling months, ceiling fans should push air down toward the floor. During the heating months, reverse the fan direction so that air is pulled up to the ceiling. This actually helps circulate air and forces warm air down to the occupied areas of rooms.
For more home ventilation tips for your new home or remodel, please contact Aqua Plumbing & Air today.