Using and Maintaining HVAC Systems in Rental Properties

Ventilation Know-How: You May Be Overlooking Things That Can Improve Bad Circulation Boo-Boos

Do you sometimes feel as though your home is not properly ventilated? Perhaps you have made this determination as a result of having uncomfortable temperatures. You may also have someone in the home who has respiratory issues that seem to "flare up" when the ventilation issues are most obvious. The following points are a few ways that you can improve ventilation in your home.

Cold Temperature Ventilation

During the cold season, it can be tempting to keep your home's windows closed in an attempt to conserve energy. However, you can improve ventilation by opening a window in different areas of your home a few times a day. You do not need to leave the designated windows open for extended amounts of time. The idea is to allow fresh air to enter without losing too much heat from your home. 

Hot Temperature Ventilation

When spring and summer arrive, people find themselves in another predicament because they are making efforts to keep their homes as cool as possible. Pollen and other allergens can exacerbate poor ventilation issues during these months. Aim to open windows and doors at the coolest points of the day, which are generally early morning and late evenings. This should also minimize energy losses associated with cooling your property. 

Spot Ventilation

There are a number of activities that you perform daily in your home that may be impacting ventilation. Kitchen and bathroom areas are common places where individuals can improve ventilation by using the exhaust fans that are in place. This can aid in reducing moisture problems. Moisture is a common culprit of humidity and ventilation problems. When you utilize these exhaust methods, it also aids in improving the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling systems.

Use of Mechanical Ventilation

This is a form of whole house fans that utilize heat exchange to improve ventilation. Hot air is forced out, and cool air is pushed into properties. It can improve energy efficiency because the hot air that is forced out usually means that air conditioning systems do not have to work as hard to keep properties cool. 

Use of Structural Ventilation 

You may already have potential ventilation aids in place that you are overlooking. For example, ceiling fans are an example of structures that can aid in air circulation and improve ventilation. Perhaps you have other options in place such as a whole house fan that operates via your ductwork, which can exhaust most of your home. These fans are part of homes' ductwork. They may have to be manually activated in some cases. Contact a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning expert for more information.