Air circulation in the home is something that most of us don’t even think about, but if you have bad circulation, you will have problems with bad smells and stagnant air. When you cook or use cleaning chemicals, for example, that air will sit in your home and the smell will linger. In some cases, it could also cause you some problems with air quality in the home, which can be bad for your health. Poor circulation is quite common in houses that are well insulated. Having a well insulated house is good in one sense because it means that you don’t get as much cold air coming in during the winter and you can save a lot of money on your energy bills, but it does mean that you won’t have very good circulation. If you think that you might have bad air circulation in your home, these are some of the best ways to fix it.
Open A Window
In the summer, when the weather is warm enough, opening a window is the easiest way to improve the circulation in your home. If you open windows at the front and the back of your house, you will get a breeze running all the way through so you always have a constant supply of fresh air running through the house. You should always make sure to keep the windows open when cooking because it can release a lot of harmful fumes. But obviously, you don’t want to be opening all of the windows in the middle of winter because the house will be freezing cold, so you will have to find other ways to improve circulation.
Air Conditioning Units
Air conditioning units are ideal for keeping the house cool in the summer but they’re also great for circulating the air. Even in the winter, you can run it on a fan setting so it does not cool the air, but it still keeps it fresh. All of the stale air will be taken in and run through the filter, and then the fresh air will be pumped back into the home. However, it’s important that you maintain your air conditioning unit properly and clean the filters on a regular basis. If the filters are dirty, you will be circulating dirty air, not fresh air.
Ceiling fans are often a better choice than air conditioners because they are cheaper to run and you don’t need to worry about maintaining them and cleaning out filters. They’re ideal if you have certain rooms that have particularly bad circulation, and if you get a bold size for more airflow, you can make sure that the clean air is reaching all rooms in the house. Sometimes, the best thing to do is to run your air conditioning unit at the same time as your ceiling fans, so the air conditioner pumps out clean air and the fans distribute it around the house. In the summer, running the fans while the windows are open will move fresh air around the house and keep it cool at the same time.
When you are cooking, it is important that you remove a lot of the fumes as quickly as possible. Even if you have a window open or you are running an air conditioning unit, excess fumes will still sit in the house for a long while, and that can be bad for your health. That’s why it’s so important to have a good extractor fan in the kitchen that should always be running whenever you cook. Extractor fans in the bathroom are a good idea as well because they remove excess steam from showering and prevent damp. If you don’t keep on top of damp, you could end up with a mold problem and that will cause you more issues with air quality in the home.
People often forget about the attic when they are trying to improve circulation in their home. But installing an attic vent is a very effective way to get more fresh air in. A small vent will allow the air from outside to come into the house, and it will circulate through the whole house. If you want to give the air an extra boost, you can get a fan in the attic that will actively pump the fresh air into the roof cavity and remove the stale air.
If the air in your home is not circulating properly, you are far more likely to have problems with air quality. But you can make some big improvements if you follow these simple steps.