Going Green is Simple with Ventilation and Fans
Improved Air Flow Saves Energy, Saves Money, Improves Comfort
Environmentally responsible home improvements not only save the planet and leave more cash in your wallet, but they can also help improve the health of your home. If you’re overwhelmed by green home improvement options, keep it simple by installing or upgrading your home ventilation system and fans.
Proper ventilation is one of the best ways to improve your home’s indoor air quality. This can make a big difference if anyone in your family suffers from allergies, asthma, or other breathing conditions. Plus…vents and fans keep air circulating through your home so that warm and cold air are more evenly distributed; your heating and air conditioning systems don’t have to work as hard or as often.
Green Fan Options
Install a Ceiling Fan: Ceiling fans are one of the easiest, most affordable options if you’re looking to improve your home’s energy efficiency. They move warm air throughout your house during the winter and take some of the work load off your air conditioner in the summer.
Install a Whole House Fan: Whole house fans are another affordable option. These powerful fans are installed near the attic, and cool your home by moving hot air up and out through the attic. Cooler air is drawn in through open windows. In warm climates, whole house fans can effectively supplement air conditioning; in cooler climates they can eliminate the need for an air conditioner altogether.
Install a Kitchen Hood Vented to the Outdoors: A kitchen range hood helps remove cooking odors, exhaust, and excess moisture from your home. While some range hoods vent to the attic, a hood that vents to the outdoors is better for your home’s structural integrity and indoor air quality.
Install a Bathroom Fan Vented to the Outdoors: Bathrooms are obviously the number one source of harmful mold and airborne bacteria that can infect the air you breathe. A bathroom exhaust fan, vented to the outdoors, will remove moisture from your home, cutting down on mold and mildew growth.
Install a Clothes Dryer Vent: Clothes dryers release tons of moisture into the air as they dry your clothes. This air circulates around your home, carrying chemicals from laundry detergents, toxins from synthetic fabrics, and deadly carbon monoxide. A properly vented dryer releases air outdoors, removing these harmful and potentially dangerous airborne pollutants from your home. To compliment a vented dryer, you may also want to consider installing an exhaust fan in your laundry or utility room.
Natural, Energy-Efficient Ventilation is Healthy Ventilation!
Anytime you can infuse your home with fresh outdoor air you are helping to improve the quality of the air you breathe. Here are more green ways to improve the health of air inside your home:
Install Windows and Skylights: Even more effective than fans are operable windows and skylights. Improve your home’s ventilation by simply opening a window. When you open windows on both sides of your home you can create a cross breeze that allows air to flow through your home more easily.
Design Green: If possible, consider the direction of wind against your home and the local weather conditions when designing the structure or replacing windows and doors. Aligning windows and doors to prevailing breezes lets you make the most of natural ventilation.