- Utilize vent fans in your kitchen, or even use an exhaust fan for the best kitchen ventilation results. In most states, vents are required to be installed in kitchens. This is because vents help to remove toxins, odors, and excessive moisture buildup from the air while you are cooking on the stove or in the oven. This helps to protect you and your family from health concerns, and also enables you to maintain the quality of your home. Really poor ventilation in a kitchen can actually lead to some serious grease build up on your walls among other issues. Over time, additional moisture can impact the integrity and quality of your home and its structure. Such a simple act of switching on the vent can make such a tremendous difference in the long run.
- Keep ventilation in mind when using the shower. Bathroom ventilation is key, especially since this is one of the most moist rooms in your entire home. When you shower, steam begins to build up and moisture may even develop on the floors or bead down the walls. It is essential that you ventilate this room when showering or taking a bath. You can dimly open a door or window in the room while you are using it. Another option is to use a fan vent or install on in your bathroom to help guide the moist, humid air out of your house. Over time, an under-ventilated bathroom can lead to serious problems, the most infamous being mold which is hard to clean, bad for the quality of your home, and horrible for your health with extended exposure. Mold and mildew can agitate allergies, cause asthma symptoms and expose you to pollutants.
- When using vents in your bathroom, kitchen and even in your laundry room, you will have to do some simple maintenance on the vents regularly. Take the time, at least twice each year, to inspect your vents and make sure there aren’t any obstructions which could be blocking their effectiveness and efficiency. Also be sure to check the filters and make sure you are choosing the right air filters.
- In mild weather, crack open a window or door from time to time to let in some fresh air. This is the simplest, cheapest and most instinctual way to improve air quality and freshen up the air of your home. Fresh air circulation is essential, otherwise air becomes constantly recycled throughout your home, and in turn it gets stale and can lead to illness, colds and other respiratory problems.
- Finally, you may want to invest in an air filter to remove the pollutants that are not properly ventilated out of your house. Typically, homeowners will use a HEPA filter which can remove dust, smoke and allergy triggers. Just take note that these filters do not have the ability to filter smoke.
Employing these ventilation tips in your home all year round, can ensure that your air is cleaner and fresher. Well ventilated homes help to improve your health while also maintaining the quality and integrity of your home.