New homes are more energy efficient than ever. While this is fantastic for keeping your utility expenses low, it’s not so good for bringing ample fresh air inside.
Newer homes are firmly sealed, which shows they don’t “breathe” like older residences are able to. Consequently, your residence can start to smell stuffy, feel too humid or run into problems with condensation. If you have allergy or asthma sufferers in your family, they might report worsening problems.
Thankfully, it’s not hard to increase the ventilation in your home in Mechanicsville. Many of the answers that we’ll talk about shortly are easy and reasonably priced.
1. Open Windows and Screened Doors
This is the fastest way to get fresh air into your house during moderate temps. But it’s important to note this frequently isn’t a year-round possibility and can cause problems if you have a family member with seasonal allergies. If so, you don’t want to open windows during the early morning. That’s when the pollen counts are the highest, according to Mayo Clinic. You also don’t want to open them during dry, windy weather, since the weather can worsen allergies.
2. Operate Exhaust Fans in Your Kitchen and Bathrooms
Running these fans eliminates stale air, extra moisture, odors and other things you don’t want in your house. They’re also inexpensive to use. An exhaust fan costs about $7-$15 each year in electricity if you were to run it 24/7, according to the Center for Energy and the Environment (CEE).
If you’re interested in doing this, the CEE recommends looking for an ENERGY STAR® ventilation fan that offers nearly silent, continuous operation. These fans usually come with a sensor that will switch them on automatically when humidity is too elevated, so you won’t have to think about turning it on or off.
However, it’s essential to note that an exhaust fan can undesirably impact your house’s temperature, since it’s getting rid of air that you’ve already heated or cooled.
3. Keep Your Residence’s Humidity Even
The right humidity level for your residence is between 30–50%, according to Mayo Clinic. While the right percentage of humidity won’t improve ventilation, it can improve your residence’s indoor air quality and keep your household pleasant at a more energy-efficient temperature.
If humidity isn’t high enough, you might experience dry skin, a scratchy throat or itchy eyes. Dry air can also impact wood flooring and furnishings in your home, causing them to splinter. On the other hand, humidity that’s too high can make air appear stale or stuffy. It can also lead to mold and mildew growth and irritate allergies or asthma.
The smartest approach to keep humidity regulated is with a whole-home solution. We sell humidifiers and dehumidifiers that work with your furnace and air conditioning system. You won’t have to transport an inefficient portable system from room to room, spilling water as you walk.
It’s also essential to be aware an accurate humidity amount can also make air more comfortable at an energy-efficient temperature, helping you save more on heating and cooling bills.
4. Purchase a Ventilation System
Installing a mechanical ventilation system is one of the best methods to get more fresh air into your house all year. There are two different styles—heat recovery ventilation (HRV) and energy recovery ventilation (ERV). These systems continually eliminate musty indoor air and replace it with fresh outdoor air.
HRV is good for cold climates, since it holds on to the heat from the indoor air it exhausts. ERV is excellent for warm climates, as it removes warmth and moisture from your air. Some climates can benefit from both units, so talk with our M & S Heating & Air LLC ventilation experts about what’s a good match for your Mechanicsville house.
If stuffy or ongoing odors are an issue in your home, you can also buy a whole-house air purification system. These systems provide an additional level of filtration, which can also assist with decreasing pet dander, allergens and bacteria in your home.
Our ventilation experts are here to help you choose the best option for your residence. Contact us at 301-363-4699 right away for a free, no-obligation home comfort assessment. We’ll visually inspect your existing equipment and listen to your needs before delivering our advice on the best options to improve ventilation in your house.