10 Home Ventilation Solutions for a Healthier Living Space

With hotter summers and increasing air pollution, having a ventilated home is becoming increasingly important. One way to preserve your health is to improve the air you breathe through proper ventilation.

With a good ventilation system and habits such as airing regularly and changing your filters, you can significantly reduce the number of pollutants, microorganisms, and allergens in your living space.

And you can do it more easily and affordably than you think. In this article, we give you ten effective home ventilation solutions to enhance indoor air quality and create a healthier environment for you and your family.

1. Exhaust Fans

a modern exhaust fan installed in a kitchen ceiling

Exhaust fans are a basic necessity in kitchens and bathrooms as they remove moisture and odors from the area. Having high-quality exhaust fans (and cleaning them regularly) reduces the chance of mold growth in these rooms.

2. Whole-House Ventilation Systems

Whole-House Ventilation Systems

Whole-house ventilation systems exchange stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air while minimizing energy loss. There are two main types, energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) and heat recovery ventilators (HRVs). ERVs are more suitable for drier, cooler climates, while HRVs will help you more in a hotter, more humid setting. Both are an excellent choice if your goal is energy-efficient, sustainable ventilation.

3. Natural Ventilation

Natural Ventilation

Cross-ventilation is available to everyone, and it costs nothing to practice daily. The recommendation is to air your home at least once a day for 15 to 20 minutes, and it helps to open the doors and windows widely to enhance air flow. The EPA suggests smaller rooms or rooms with fireplaces or natural-fuel burning stoves should be ventilated even more than that.

4. Ceiling Fans

A modern bedroom with Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans can help move air inside any room, and distribute it more efficiently in warmer, but also colder months. If you can change it in the settings, turn on counterclockwise rotation in the summer months, and clockwise rotation during the winter. It’s worth noting that, while a ceiling fan won’t lower the temperature in the room, it will certainly make it more comfortable for the people in it.

However, make sure to use a fan proportionate to the size of the room, taking care of both the diameter and the blade size. You can also look at its CFM (cubic feet per minute) rating, and aim for a a CFM between 4,000 and 7,000.

5. Air Purifiers with Ventilation Features

Air Purifiers with Ventilation Features

An air purifier with ventilation features and ideally a HEPA filter can help you improve indoor air quality. They remove dust, airborne pollutants, allergens, and microorganisms, and push clean air out with a fan. However, although they are valuable in combination with other ventilation devices, they are not a complete air quality solution, as they do not push in clean outdoor air.

6. Attic Ventilation

Attic Ventilation

Although you likely don’t spend much time in the attic, the attic does affect the air quality of your entire home The high heat and humidity in the attic area are an excellent breeding ground for mold and pests, which can then spread into the rest of your home.

With proper attic ventilation, you can prevent the buildup of moisture and pollutants and save a ton of money on pest and mold remediation. If you have a metal roof, you can get a metal roof ridge vent that improves air quality, cools your home, and adds visual appeal. Other solutions include soffit vents and attic fans.

7. Ducted Ventilation System

Ducted Ventilation System

Ducted ventilation systems are commonly used in HVAC systems and they’re designed to distribute conditioned, clean air throughout your home via a network of ducts.

While they are amazing in keeping air healthy, they are a system, after all, so if there is a problem such as mold in one part of your home, a ducted ventilation system can carry it elsewhere faster than other systems. If you have an HVAC system, you already know you must maintain it regularly to prevent health hazards.

8. Trickle Vents

Trickle Vents-home ventilation solutions
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If you’re looking for a small, unobtrusive ventilation solution, trickle vents may be the right choice for you. They are small openings on walls, windows, or doors, and they let a gentle flow of air through your home at all times.

9. Crawl Space Ventilation

Crawl Space Ventilation-home ventilation solutions

While it’s easy to forget about crawl spaces, they are still key to your home’s overall health, as they can also impact air quality. Depending on your crawl space, you can use fans or vents to air it, thus preventing the buildup of excess moisture that leads to mold.

10. Smart Ventilation System (SVS)

Smart Ventilation System (SVS)-home ventilation solutions

Having an automated, intelligent ventilation system that blends with your smart home and lets you monitor and control air quality is an excellent ventilation solution. Due to its efficiency, a smart ventilation system can save you money in the long run. Its sensors monitor temperature, the presence of occupants, electricity grid needs, and air pollution, letting you set up your SVS according to your needs.

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Terrill Welch
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