Modern homes are more energy efficient than ever. While this is fantastic for keeping your heating and cooling bills down, it’s bad for getting ample fresh air inside.
Newer residences are securely sealed, which means they don’t “breathe” like older houses do. Subsequently, your home could start to smell stuffy, feel too humid or experience issues with condensation. If you have allergy or asthma sufferers in your home, they might report growing problems.
Thankfully, it’s not difficult to increase the ventilation in your residence in Ellsworth. The majority of of the solutions that we’ll talk about in a minute are uncomplicated and reasonably priced.
1. Open Windows and Screened Doors
This is the simplest way to get fresh air into your house during pleasant temps. But it’s crucial to be aware this usually isn’t a year-round option and can lead to problems if someone in your household has seasonal allergies. If so, you’ll want to avoid opening windows during the early morning. That’s when the pollen counts are the greatest, according to Mayo Clinic. You’ll also want to avoid opening them during dry, windy weather, since the weather can irritate allergies.
2. Use Exhaust Fans in Your Kitchen and Bathrooms
Running these fans draws out stale air, excess moisture, odors and other indoor pollutants. They’re also reasonable to operate. An exhaust fan costs about $7-$15 annually in electricity if you were to keep it on 24/7, according to the Center for Energy and the Environment (CEE).
If you want to do this, the CEE suggests looking for an ENERGY STAR® ventilation fan that offers nearly silent, uninterrupted operation. These fans often are equipped 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 essential to be aware that an exhaust fan can adversely impact your house’s temperature, since it’s removing air that you’ve already heated or cooled.
3. Keep Your Home’s Humidity Balanced
The best humidity level for your home is between 30–50%, according to Mayo Clinic. While the correct concentration of humidity won’t improve ventilation, it can boost your residence’s indoor air quality and keep your family pleasant at a more energy-efficient temperature.
If there isn’t enough humidity, you can have dry skin, a scratchy throat or itchy eyes. Dry air can also impact wood flooring and furnishings in your residence, causing them to splinter. On the flip side, humidity that’s too elevated can make air appear stale or stuffy. It can also result in mold and mildew growth and aggravate allergies or asthma.
The wisest way to keep humidity under control is with a whole-home solution. We offer humidifiers and dehumidifiers that work with your HVAC system. You don’t need to transport an inefficient portable system from room to room, spilling water as you walk.
It’s also important to realize an accurate humidity amount can also make air more pleasant at an energy-efficient temp, helping you save more on energy costs.
4. Install a Ventilation System
Installing a mechanical ventilation system is one of the wisest ways to bring in added fresh air into your home all year. There are two different kinds—heat recovery ventilation (HRV) and energy recovery ventilation (ERV). These systems continuously remove stale indoor air and replace it with fresh outdoor air.
HRV is great for chilly climates, since it holds on to the heat from the indoor air it exhausts. ERV is good for warm climates, because it removes warmth and moisture from your air. Some locations can benefit from both pieces of equipment, so talk with our Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC ventilation professionals about what’s a good match for your Ellsworth home.
If musty or ongoing odors are trouble in your house, you can also install a whole-house air purification system. These systems provide an additional level of filtration, which can also assist with reducing pet dander, allergens and bacteria in your residence.
Our ventilation pros are here to help you choose the right product for your residence. Contact us at 715-318-6728 right away for a free, no-obligation home comfort assessment. We’ll view your existing equipment and listen to your needs in advance of giving our advice on the best options to increase ventilation in your home.