In addition to controlling the sources of indoor air pollution and purifying your Fort Collins, CO home’s air, proper ventilation is critical. Improving your home’s ventilation reduces indoor air pollution levels, removes odors, and helps you feel more comfortable. Read on to discover three ways to ensure that your home has proper ventilation.
Remove Contaminants With Exhaust Fans
Everyday activities, including bathing, cleaning, and cooking, create airborne particles. Cleaning agents, oil droplets, and other pollutants get into your home’s air. These activities also add humidity. Properly ventilated exhaust fans release those contaminants into the outdoor air. Fresh air passively enters your home through intake vents or actively enters with an intake ventilation fan.
Maintain Ideal Temperature and Humidity Levels
According to the Department of Energy, increasing your home’s ventilation helps maintain ideal temperature and humidity levels. Stagnant indoor air can become more humid as a result of everyday activities like showering and cooking. To maximize energy-efficiency and proper ventilation, consider investing in an energy recovery ventilator. In the summer, they transfer household moisture to the outdoor air. During the winter, they keep the moisture from the exhaust air and add it to the fresh air brought into your home.
Bring in Fresh Outdoor Air
A balanced ventilation system for your home provides many benefits. These systems use two fans and two sets of ducts. The fresh outdoor air is pulled into your home. It passes through a filter, which removes pollen, spores, and other contaminants. Your heating and cooling system receives the filtered outdoor air and adjusts its temperature. The air handler blows the filtered and heated or cooled outdoor air into your living spaces. The exhaust side blows stale air from your home to the outdoors. The vents are separated in order to prevent cross-contamination.
To learn more about the benefits of a whole-home ventilator, check out A to Z Heating & Cooling’s indoor air quality page, or call us for additional info.