Improve Home Ventilation
The fall is here, which means you’re likely getting ready to turn off your air conditioner for the year – if you haven’t done so already – and opening your Ft. Smith home’s windows to let the cooler air in.
Although this is a great way to naturally ventilate your Ft. Smith home, it just isn’t possible when the temperatures are too hot or too cold.
Here’s how you can improve your home’s ventilation, helping you avoid health hazards along the way. It’s really not as hard as you might think!
Ensure Your Exhaust Fans Are Working Properly
The exhaust fans in your home should be working for and not against you. Unfortunately, many people never check to ensure their exhaust fans work as they’re supposed to. Conduct this test to see if your exhaust fans are ventilating properly.
- Turn on the exhaust fan and squeeze a cloud of baby powder about six inches away from its intake grille.
- If the fan works, it’ll draw the baby powder into its grille.
- If the fan doesn’t work, it’ll blow the baby powder back or the baby powder will just hang in the air.
An experienced HVAC contractor can help with unclogging your exhaust fans and maximizing their efficiency in moisture-ridden rooms like the bathroom and the kitchen.
Seal and Stop Air Leaks to Prevent Moisture Problems
Although many homeowners overlook their exhaust fans, most are aware of the importance of sealing air leaks before they create ventilation problems.
When warm and moist air from the outside comes in contact with a cold surface inside your home, it can lead to condensation. It’s important to stop this process from happening; otherwise, it can lead to damage to your home and your health.
With the cool fall temperatures, now is as good time as any to check your entire home for air leaks. If you’re unsure about how and where to look, contact your local HVAC professional.
Create an Escape Path for Excess Moisture in Your Home
If the moisture levels inside your home start to rise, it’s best to be prepared so you can help excess moisture escape before it becomes a major problem – and repair.
Although it’ll increase your energy usage, a dehumidifier is highly effective at reducing moisture levels. You can also use a humidifier in the winter when the air is dry, helping you create an equilibrium that’s healthy for your home and your health.
Often overlooked, home ventilation is a major part of good indoor air quality. Make sure your home is well ventilated so you don’t put yourself or your family at risk.
Call Mountain Air Cooling & Heating today at (479) 782-4328 to get the proper ventilation that you deserve in your Ft. Smith, AR home.