Whether you live in a hot area or not, it’s important to keep your home ventilated. By ventilating your home, you enable fresh air to flow through the property.
When airflow is good, it improves air quality and helps to move viral particles and dust out of the area. Maintaining great air quality is important for everybody but it’s especially important if you have a respiratory condition, such as asthma, bronchitis, or cystic fibrosis.
It’s important to note the differences between ventilation and filtration. The former involves moving air in and out of a room, or around it, to improve airflow. The latter refers to the removal of particles from the air to improve their quality.
Ways to Ventilate Your Home
If you’re concerned about air quality and airflow, there are lots of things that you can do to improve the ventilation around your property. Something as simple as using silver foil on your pipes or opening the windows in your home can do the trick.
Below, we’ve listed four easy things that you can do today to increase ventilation and improve air quality in your home.
Open the Windows
Yes, something as quick and easy as opening your windows can increase the ventilation around your home. It allows fresh air to enter and stale air to exit, improving airflow and air quality.
If it’s cold outside, you only need to open the window a crack. If you’ve got multiple windows and doors, open them all to increase airflow around every room.
Use Electric Fans
Fans add a great option when it’s not safe to leave your windows open all day. If you have children or pets, or the weather is extreme, your fans will be a lifesaver!
Electric fans work by increasing airflow around the room. However, if there are already a lot of viral particles or dust in the area, your fan won’t remove them completely.
You can invest in more expensive air filtration fans if you want to maximize the air quality and flow. However, this will cost you more money than a standard electrical fan.
Replace Your HVAC System
If your heating and air conditioning system (HVAC) is old and worn, it might not work as efficiently as it once did. As a result, it might not be effective at filtering or circulating the air.
Make sure your HVAC system’s fan is set as ‘on’ and not ‘auto’ so that it will constantly ventilate your property. You want it to be circulating the air whether it’s heating or cooling it.
Use a Portable Air Cleaner
Portable air cleaners are efficient devices that can clear the air in your home and filtrate the air. You can use them in areas of your home that are harder to ventilate or where your HVAC system doesn’t reach.
Portable air cleaning devices can trap particles and remove them from the surroundings, making the air cleaner and safer for you and your family.