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Menards Home Improvement Topics: Improving Ventilation in your Home

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Posted at 8:58 AM, Oct 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-13 08:58:37-04

Proper ventilation is one of the home’s basic necessities for becoming a comfortable living space. Ventilation maintains air quality in the home while removing excess moisture to ensure the air inside isn’t stale, damp, or downright funky.

OPEN DOORS & WINDOWS
This might seem like a no-brainer to some, but a lot of people forget to regularly open doors or windows to let fresh air in and push stale air out. Simply opening doors and windows a few times during the day to “air out” your house quickly replaces stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air, getting rid of pollutants, allergens, and excess moisture.

DRY THE LAUNDRY OUTSIDE
We’re all guilty of doing the laundry and drying the clothes inside, and there are a number of legitimate reasons for that. We can blame it on the unpredictable weather, or blame it on the very unpredictable weather (especially in winter). However, drying wet clothes inside our homes creates condensation and prevents your heating system from working overtime. It also accelerates condensation and mold growth in winter. To solve this problem, it’s
always better to dry your clothes at a covered outdoor area, such as under a patio cover or canopy, so your clothes can dry while staying out of range of rain. If drying laundry inside is the only option you have, make sure your windows are open to allow the excess moisture to escape.

VENTILATE ROOMS OVERNIGHT
Leaving windows slightly ajar overnight can improve the air quality inside your room, while also reducing excess moisture and the risk of mold growth. In summer this really helps with reducing the humidity levels so you can get a better sleep, but in winter you should be more careful about ventilating particularly because you don’t want too much heat to escape in the process.

INSTALL FANS AND VENTS
Extractor fans and attic vents are both specialized ventilation systems that service certain areas in the home. Extractor fans that vent out into the open air should be installed in kitchens, laundries and bathrooms – these are the key areas where moisture and stale air build up much faster. Attic vents drive out the excess heat and moisture that become trapped in the attic, aiding your home’s ventilation in the process.

CONSIDER HOME VENTILATION SYSTEM
A well-designed and well-installed home ventilation system provides great ventilation regardless of what the weather is like outside, which is a great alternative to simply opening doors and windows. If you don’t have one already, a home ventilation system can replace stale air in your home with fresh, dry air to create a healthier, drier and warmer living environment for your family that is much easier to heat.

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