Having good ventilation in a room is considered a basic necessity for creating a comfortable living space. Ventilation provides clean air quality whilst removing excess moisture to ensure the air inside isn’t stale, damp and smelly!
We’ve provided you with just a few tips on how to improve ventilation in an area or room below:
The Benefits of Good Ventilation
Good ventilation ensures that the air that you breathe is free of indoor air pollutants like cooking odours, smoke and carbon dioxide. This is crucial if someone in your family suffers from breathing problems such as asthma. A well-ventilated home can also improve your mental abilities as low-quality air has been previously shown to affect concentration levels.
Open Doors and Windows
This might seem like a no brainer but many people forget to open doors and windows on a regular basis. Opening a door and a window allows fresh air to enter whilst also removing stale air. Try to remember to open windows and doors a few times of the day to “air out” your house and replace the air with fresh, natural air. You’ll also notice that any lingering smells will disappear the more you do this.
Leaving windows slightly ajar overnight can improve your air quality, whilst also reducing the risk of mould growth within your rooms. In summer it also helps to reduce the amount of humidity in the air allowing for better sleep. In the winter months, you should be particularly careful about your ventilation process as you don’t want to lose the heat within your room.
If you’re concerned about security, consider installing window grilles which can help secure your window all year round whilst still allowing you to ventilate your room.
Install Extractor Fans
Extractor fans are specially designed to increase airflow and ventilation within a room. They are more suitable for bathrooms and kitchens due to the amount of moisture and stale air these rooms create. Most properties have extractor fans built-in already but it’s important to keep on top of the maintenance and cleanliness. You’ll notice when it’s not working correctly as rooms will start to steam up more and smells will stay present.
Leave Internal Doors Open
Having all the doors open in the house when you’re not cooking or bathing allows for air to flow freely throughout your home. This also helps to avoid trapping unwanted smells after cooking.
Home Ventilation Systems
Consider installing a well-designed home ventilation system. This will provide great ventilation regardless of what the weather is doing outside and is considered a great alternative to opening doors and windows. It will also replace stale air in your home with fresh, clean, healthier air for you and your family.
What is cross ventilation? Opening the windows and letting air in is all good but how do you change the air when there is no breeze outside? This is where cross-ventilation comes in. You’ll have your windows open to let in ventilation but to make the air move, it’s important to have a fan on so you can move the air around the room and also remove the bad air. If you have a fan on without opening a window or door you’ll just be pushing around old, stale air.
Give Houseplants a Home
House plants are a great air purifier. They absorb and filter chemicals from all variety of sources including detergents and household cleaning products. House plants clean your air naturally as well as being aesthetically pleasing. House plants tend to be low maintenance, so this is an easy way to add ventilation without much upkeep.
Check the Structural Ventilation
Checking the ventilation in structural areas such as the attic and crawl spaces. This can lead to added moisture levels as well as poor ventilation. It’s also important that cross ventilation can happen within these areas so make sure they are clean and well ventilated.