Indoor air quality can affect the health and well-being of the residents in a home. Without effective natural ventilation, not only can indoor air quality worsen but the energy consumption of the home can increase as well.
Here, Howard Roofing & Home Improvements discusses how you can improve your indoor air quality and energy efficiency at the same time.
Should You Frequently Ventilate Your Home to Improve Indoor Air Quality?
Many homes use natural ventilation during the fall and spring months. In any case, relative humidity exceeding 70% over a long period can gradually lead to mold and mildew issues. If this happens, it is best to close your windows and sliding doors and operate your air conditioning system a bit more. While natural ventilation is an excellent means to saving energy at home, make sure you do not overdo it.
When Is the Right Time for Natural Ventilation?
To discourage indoor air quality problems, such as mold growth, while promoting energy efficiency, it is recommended that you keep your indoor temperature no higher than 68 degrees in the cooler months and no lower than 78 degrees in the warmer months. When natural ventilation is needed, continue monitoring your indoor relative humidity and temperature levels. In times of high humidity, especially during the rainy season, the cooling system typically does not operate long enough to sufficiently regulate the indoor relative humidity. But even if the relative humidity goes higher than 70%, it will not present a complication as long as the relative humidity does not stay that way for too long.
- Seal any air leaks around your home.
- Keep your home clean and dry.
- Get rid of bugs and excessive dust.
- Replace air filters regularly.
- Install smoke detectors.
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