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Improving Your Residences Ventilation in Just 4 Quick Steps

Today’s homes are more energy efficient than ever. While this is fantastic for keeping your utility bills low, it’s not so great for getting ample fresh air inside.

Recently constructed residences are securely sealed, which indicates they don’t “breathe” like older houses are able to. Because of this, your home can start to smell stuffy, feel too humid or run into troubles with condensation. If you have allergy or asthma sufferers in your household, they could report worsening issues.

Luckily, it’s not hard to increase the ventilation in your home in Carlsbad. Many of the answers that we’ll go over shortly are uncomplicated and reasonably priced.

1. Open Windows and Screened Doors

This is the easiest approach to get fresh air into your house during moderate weather. But it’s important to be aware this typically isn’t a year-round option and can lead to problems if you have a family member with seasonal allergies. If this is the case, you’ll want to avoid opening windows during the early morning. That’s when the pollen counts are the highest, according to Mayo Clinic. You’ll also want to avoid opening them during dry, windy weather, as the weather can aggravate allergies.

2. Run Exhaust Fans in Your Kitchen and Bathrooms

Using these fans draws out stale air, extra moisture, odors and other indoor pollutants. They’re also inexpensive to run. An exhaust fan costs about $7-$15 yearly in electricity if you were to operate it 24/7, according to the Center for Energy and the Environment (CEE).

If you’re looking into this, the CEE suggests looking for an ENERGY STAR® ventilation fan that provides nearly silent, uninterrupted operation. These fans typically come with a sensor that will switch them on automatically when humidity is too high, so you won’t have to remember to turn it on or off.

However, it’s important to be aware that an exhaust fan can negatively influence your house’s temperature, since it’s removing air that you’ve already heated or cooled.

3. Keep Your Home’s Humidity Regulated

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

If humidity isn’t high enough, you can suffer from dry skin, a scratchy throat or itchy eyes. Dry air can also impact wood flooring and furnishings in your house, causing them to split. On the flip side, humidity that’s too great can make air appear stale or stuffy. It can also lead to mold and mildew growth and worsen allergies or asthma.

The best way to keep humidity in check is with a whole-home solution. We have humidifiers and dehumidifiers that work with your HVAC system. You don’t need to carry an inefficient portable system from room to room, spilling water as you move.

It’s also essential to know the correct humidity concentration can also make air more comfortable at an energy-efficient temperature, helping you save more on utility expenses.

4. Purchase a Ventilation System

Installing a mechanical ventilation system is one of the smartest methods to bring in more fresh air into your home throughout the year. There are two different kinds—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 great for cold climates, since it holds on to the heat from the indoor air it emits. ERV is great for warm climates, because it pulls out warmth and moisture from your air. Some climates can benefit from both units, so ask our Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services ventilation pros about what’s a good fit for your Carlsbad home.

If stale or lingering odors are an issue in your home, you can also install a whole-house air purification system. These systems deliver an added level of filtration, which can also provide support with reducing pet dander, allergens and bacteria in your house.

Our ventilation pros are here to help you choose the best option for your residence. Contact us at 575-446-3948 right away for a free, no-obligation home comfort assessment. We’ll visually inspect your existing equipment and learn about your needs before giving our suggestions on the right options to boost ventilation in your house.

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