Keeping the air inside your home clean and pollutant-free is a vital step to maintaining healthy breathing habits for every member of your household. The more ventilation your home has, the better the quality of air will be circulating throughout the home. But how can you improve ventilation in a home? Luckily, Champion AC has all the answers here!
Why is Ventilation Important?
Ventilation is key to maintaining a healthy environment inside your home. Having good ventilation means that the air that comes from the outside into your home is moving at a relatively fast pace, allowing any pollutant that might come into your home to not stay for very long. This fast pace allows the air and any pollutants that come from the outdoors to return back outside faster than a home without ventilation.
Higher levels of ventilation means higher levels of indoor air quality, which allows you to breathe easier when indoors. The more ventilation your home has, or that you’re able to add to your home, will allow you the ability to control the amount of pollutants and allergens staying within your home.
How Can I Improve My Home’s Ventilation?
If your home doesn’t have many ways to keep a high level of ventilation throughout each room, there are a couple ways you can help your home move the air back outside at a faster rate. The CDC has an extensive list of recommendations for how to keep your home’s indoor ventilation as clear as possible such as:
- Turn on fans to increase air flow
- Filter the air in your home
- Monitor who spends time in your home
Install an Air Purifier to Your Air Ducts
An air purifier is a system installed into your HVAC system’s ductwork to act as an additional line of defense for your HVAC’s filtration system. The purifier filters out the initial pollutants that come in from outside before it touches your filters, adding an additional level of protection from anything that might be harmful to you or your family. Additionally, air purifiers take anything that might be smelly or cause an allergy flare-up, like animal dandruff, and dissipates it within the system.
At Champion AC, our air purifier system allows your family to breathe easier when indoors and combat any pollutant or odor-rich scent that crosses its path. Our team of skilled technicians can help you know your options when trying to improve your home’s air quality.
Bring In As Much Outdoor Air As Possible
Although this may sound counterproductive, bringing in more outside air allows there to be better circulation of old inside air to fresh outside air. You don’t need to have all of your windows open, but having one or two windows open a little bit, weather-forgiving, allows there to be a faster exchange of air. This also allows you to let out any particles or pollutants that have been accumulating inside your home, freeing your breathable air from them.
Change the Filters in Your Home and Upgrade Them
Changing the filters in your HVAC system is the one thing you can do regularly that will help dramatically reduce the accumulation of pollutants and improve the air circulation. Every two to three months is the frequency you should change your filters. Additionally, upgrading your filters to a pleated variety will help pollutants stay trapped within your filters instead of passing through to circulate inside your home.
Simple upgrades and changes like these will dramatically reduce the amount of pollutants staying within your air, and will help the ventilation stay at a higher level inside your home.
Turn On Your Exhaust Fans
Your home’s exhaust fans are the ones above your stove in the kitchen and the ones within your bathroom when you shower. These fans provide an outlet to the outside world, allowing the air to be moved out of your home faster. Although some exhaust fans don’t have a direct line to the outside world, they move at a faster pace than a normal fan, which allows the air to be moved around quicker. This faster pace allows the air to be ventilated and moved away from you in a more efficient way than a simple ceiling fan, making the air cleaner quicker.
Use Your Fans
Simply turning on your ceiling fan allows the air to move around the room, forcing it to not be stagnant and leave a high concentration of pollutants in one area for an extended period of time. If you have more than a ceiling fan, like a caged or standing fan, place one toward an open window and allow it to blow air outside for a couple hours. This might seem counterintuitive, but having the fan blow air outside allows the pollutants or particles that are within a room to be moved away and outside faster. This helps the ventilation of a room dramatically, as it gets the air moving at a faster rate and allows the debris that you don’t want to stay in a room to escape.
Contact Champion AC
For more information on how you can improve your home’s ventilation, contact Champion AC for easier breathing year-round.