Passive ventilation is a great way to expel stale air out and let fresh air in your home. This makes use of the components that are already present in your home, such as your windows, doors, vents and other openings. Here are five tips on taking advantage of your home’s passive ventilation.
1. Set a time to open your windows. For passive ventilation to be effective, you must set a schedule for it. We suggest opening your windows and doors for at least 15 minutes a day 5 times a week. This will make sure that your home does not keep stale air inside for long periods of time.
2. Open windows on opposite sides. To keep the air flowing, make sure to open the windows on opposite sides of your home. This way, the fresh air that enters can completely push out the stale indoor air outside. The south and east windows are best opened early in the day. Make sure that your north and west windows are also opened to keep the air moving.
3. Choose the right windows. The amount of air let in also depends on the type of windows. For example, side-opening windows, such as sliding windows, are better at letting air in than awning-opening windows.
4. Install insect screens. During summer, you may be tempted to open your windows for long periods of time. However, there may be bugs and insects that can enter your home through your windows. To prevent them from entering your home, make sure your windows have a fly screen.
5. Utilize upper floor windows. If your home has more than one level, it’s best to keep your upper floor windows open. During the day, hot air rises and these high windows will help release it outside to ensure your home’s passive ventilation.
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