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How to Enhance Your Homes Ventilation in 4 Easy Steps

New houses are more energy efficient than ever. While this is excellent for keeping your utility bills small, it’s not so good for bringing ample fresh air inside.

Recently constructed residences are securely sealed, which indicates they don’t “breathe” like older homes do. As a result, your residence may start to smell musty, feel too humid or have problems with condensation. If you have allergy or asthma sufferers in your home, they might report growing symptoms.

Fortunately, it’s not hard to enhance the ventilation in your house in Columbus. Most of the answers that we’ll review soon are easy and reasonably priced.

1. Open Windows and Screened Doors

This is the easiest way to get fresh air into your home during pleasant weather. But it’s crucial to note this frequently isn’t a year-round possibility and can create problems if someone in your home has seasonal allergies. If this is the case, you don’t want to open windows during the early morning. That’s when the pollen counts are the greatest, according to Mayo Clinic. You’ll also want to avoid opening them during dry, windy days, since the weather can irritate allergies.

2. Turn on Exhaust Fans in Your Kitchen and Bathrooms

Running these fans draws out stale air, excessive moisture, odors and other things you don’t want in your house. They’re also economical to use. An exhaust fan costs about $7-$15 each year in electricity if you were to operate it 24/7, according to the Center for Energy and the Environment (CEE).

If you’re interested in doing this, the CEE suggests looking for an ENERGY STAR® ventilation fan that provides nearly noiseless, continuous operation. These fans usually are equipped with a sensor that will trigger then to run automatically when there’s too much humidity, so you won’t have to think about turning it on or off.

However, it’s essential to know that an exhaust fan can adversely impact your home’s temperature, since it’s removing air that you’ve already heated or cooled.

3. Keep Your House’s Humidity Balanced

The best humidity level for your house is between 30–50%, according to Mayo Clinic. While the right amount of humidity won’t increase ventilation, it can enhance your house’s indoor air quality and keep your home comfortable at a more energy-efficient temperature.

If humidity isn’t high enough, you can experience dry skin, a scratchy throat or itchy eyes. Dry air can also affect wood flooring and furnishings in your home, causing them to crack. In contrast, humidity that’s too high can make air seem stale or stuffy. It can also contribute to mold and mildew growth and aggravate allergies or asthma.

The wisest way to keep humidity under control is with a whole-home solution. We have humidifiers and dehumidifiers that work with your heating and cooling system. You won’t have to transport an inefficient portable system across your house, spilling water as you walk.

It’s also important to note the right humidity amount can also make air more comfortable at an energy-efficient temperature, helping you spend less on utility bills.

4. Get a Ventilation System

Installing a mechanical ventilation system is one of the best methods to bring in added fresh air into your home all year. There are two different types—heat recovery ventilation (HRV) and energy recovery ventilation (ERV). These systems continuously get rid of stale indoor air and replace it with fresh outdoor air.

HRV is good for cold climates, since it retains the heat from the indoor air it lets out. ERV is excellent for hot areas, because it pulls out warmth and moisture from your air. Some climates can benefit from both units, so check with our Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling ventilation experts about what’s ideal for your Columbus house.

If stuffy or lingering odors are trouble in your home, you can also buy a whole-house air purification system. These systems offer an extra level of filtration, which can also assist with lowering pet dander, allergens and bacteria in your house.

Our ventilation pros are here to help you choose the right option for your home. Contact us at 614-451-0846 now for a free, no-obligation home comfort assessment. We’ll look at your current equipment and listen to your needs before giving our advice on the best options to enhance ventilation in your home.

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