Summer season is quickly approaching! As such, proper air circulation is a topic that begins to take on more importance for many homeowners. When there’s proper air circulation in your home, you won’t have to worry about irregular temperatures, allergies or mold. As cliché as it sounds, a breath of fresh air is very essential for survival and also a pleasant home. It takes a lot of effort and attention to keep all aspects of your home running efficiently year round. In this post, we’ll outline simple things you can do to improve air circulation and enjoy a safe breathing environment.
Open Doors and Windows for Better Air Circulation
When it comes to air circulation, there aren’t too many complicated things you’d have to do in order to start reaping benefits right away. The first and simplest starting point is to open your doors and windows. The key here is knowing the best times to let in airflow, as well as identifying rooms in your house to cross ventilate. No one likes a constantly stuffy room, when you walk into a room that’s stuffy it not only feels uninviting but also encourages allergen buildup.
Look for spots in your home that have doors and windows that are opposite or across from each other as this will enable cross ventilation when those doors and windows are open. By doing this, you’re optimizing the air flow in your home naturally, we’ll touch more on how you can do this with fans.
Put Your Fans to Work
The next step you can take to ensure proper air circulation is to use fans. Fans come in a variety of styles like small window fans, pedestal fans, exhaust fans and ceiling fans. If you don’t have fans, we highly recommend them for better airflow. With your fans putting in some work, you’ll ensure that there’s a continuous circulation of air around your home.
To get optimal circulation, you can have a window fan or even a standing fan facing outside of the window. This draws in cooler air while pulling out the stale and stuffy warmer air out of that room. If you have multiple fans, you can repeat this step in several rooms around your home.
Consider Rearranging Your Furniture
Hang on a minute, this isn’t an interior design blog is it? That’s certainly right, we’re not interior designers. However, this simple tip can really make a big difference if you decide to give it a try. Take a moment to go around all the rooms in your home and check to make sure they aren’t any objects or furniture blocking windows, doors or vents. If there are any obstructions, make sure to clear them and create a direct path for air to flow around your home.
This is a very creative way to improve air circulation. When you make good use of the space available in your home it ensures you get some good air flow. Also, similar to our other recommendations, this one can also be completed fairly quickly. Again, you don’t have to be an interior designer to give this one a try. Take a shot at it and notice how much of a difference it will make in the long term.
Remember to Swap Out Air Filters
Don’t forget to pay attention to the air filters too! As air passes through your home, there’s a lot of dust and allergens that are picked up along the way. The air filter does all the hard work of trapping a lot of that dirt. This means, you and the people residing in your home aren’t breathing it in everyday.
While we recommend swapping out your filters regularly, this doesn’t mean that they would have to be replaced every month. You can read more about some filter and HVAC maintenance tips from our previous post.
Get the Ducts Cleaned
It’s safe to assume that many people spend the majority of their days indoors, either in their homes or place of work. The air ducts at home and at work tend to accumulate lots of dust and dirt over time. As such, getting the ducts cleaned out is a good idea. If you’ve got ducts filled with dust and debris, there’s a tendency for it to spread around your home and make it uncomfortable to live in.
Duct cleaning will allow fresh air to flow around every room in your home. It will also allow your air conditioning to run more smoothly during the hot summer months. Your heating system will do the same during the colder winter months. If you haven’t ever had this done, give it a try on a smaller scale by using a vacuum cleaner to clean up some dust from your floor vents.
Tying it All Together
The topic of air circulation doesn’t always get the attention it deserves from homeowners. However, this post is a timely reminder of how important it is to properly ventilate your home or living space. We’re not overstating things when we say that creating a living environment with fresh and clean air really does wonders. Putting into practice any one of the recommendations will certainly bring you some value. Also try applying a combination of all of them to get so many benefits not just for your home, but also your health. The more combinations you try, the better.
Think about all the awesome benefits you’ll be getting! Once you tie it all together, you’ll gain control of the amount of pollutants that enter into your home. It’ll be a great foundation for improving the overall quality of air.
If you want to learn more helpful air circulation or energy efficiency tips for your home, you can stay up to date with our blog. Also, if you have serious concerns about the air circulation in your home, contact us today to see how our technicians can help! With over 60 years of combined experience, we know what it takes to keep residential and commercial spaces running efficiently year round.