Ventilation Requirements for Your Home and Business
Humidity is essential for your comfort at home or business, especially during this winter. However, too much humidity, coupled with unwanted fumes from household chemicals and synthetic materials, can be extremely uncomfortable and toxic. But proper ventilation can provide a solution to these and other related challenges. Read on to learn more about why you need to ventilate your building and the steps you can take to achieve proper ventilation all year round.
Houses built about 100 years ago and beyond were hardly ventilated. You’d find holes, cracks, and gaps in the building envelope through which fresh air could pretty easily enter the house. Even so, they did just fine, at least. So, why should you consider ventilation for home or business today? Well, there are quite a number of important reasons.
Old building materials and products were mostly natural and didn’t cause significant off-gassing of chemicals such as flame retardants, formaldehyde, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are so common with the current building and roofing materials. This off-gassing has been linked to a number of health problems, including breathing difficulties and allergic reactions.
Perhaps you can relate to the discomfort of staying in a room full of cooking odors, smoke, moisture, and indoor pollutants. And without a proper interior and structural ventilation, controlling the airflow in your building can be quite a challenge.
Ventilation simply helps your building to breath by allowing fresh air in and stale air out.
What Steps Should You Take?
There are simple and pocket-friendly DIY steps that you can implement today in your home or business for effective ventilation. Below is a list of some of the strategies:
1. Embrace Window Dimension
The location and dimension of your windows is very essential as far as ventilation is concerned. It’s important that you place your windows strategically for cross ventilation. You should also ensure that your windows have effective dimensions for convenient air circulation and reduced heating and cooling bills.
2. Embrace Nature
Have you thought about growing plants in your home as a way of improving house ventilation? The plants have non-reflective surfaces that can act as a screen to absorb the heat from the sun and take it all in. This, in turn, helps direct cool air inside the building.
3. Invest in Vents
There are two major types of vents that you can install: intake and exhaust vents. As the name suggests, intake vents draw cool air into the building via the soffits or eaves. They include eave vents, soffit vents, heat recovery ventilator, foundation vents, and rafter vents.
Exhaust vents, on the other hand, help get warm air out of the building. They include ridge vents, turbine vents, and roof vents. Installing the vents is important, but so is your safety, especially when you’ll be accessing the roof. If there’s no efficient roof edge demarcation in place, make arrangements for one to be installed before accessing the roof.
4. Open Doors and Windows
How often do you open your windows and doors just to allow smooth airflow? It’s a very effective ventilation strategy, yet mostly assumed. You should open the windows and doors regularly, more so during day time if you want to avoid mosquitoes and rodents.