Today’s households rely on heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for comfort and ventilation. However, you should not fully rely on your HVAC system for ventilation. Here are the benefits of natural ventilation through the windows.
How Does Natural Ventilation Work?
Natural ventilation utilizes airflow that’s created by natural (as opposed to mechanical) means, such as those caused by temperature differences, wind from the outdoors and differences in air pressure between indoor and outdoor spaces. Under such conditions, air movement does not require aid from fans or air blowers.
Opening a window releases stale air from the indoors, which creates negative pressure that pulls fresh air from the outdoors. Two openings in a room – which can be made with two windows or a window with two openings – can allow sustained airflow. Also, an open window can catch a breeze depending on wind direction.
Benefits of Natural Ventilation
Opening windows in your home for at least fifteen minutes a day can provide the following benefits:
Reduced cooling costs – Natural ventilation can help cool your home during warm days, which can help reduce your indoor cooling needs and help you save on cooling costs.
Virtually no maintenance required – Apart from cleaning the windows and lubricating the window hardware, natural ventilation requires virtually no maintenance. It also helps reduce the workload on your heating and cooling systems, which helps prolong their service life.
Improved indoor air quality – Natural ventilation helps flush out indoor air pollutants, including dust, pollen and off-gassed VOCs (volatile organic compounds) as well as odors and excess moisture. This helps improve indoor air quality and balance relative indoor humidity levels.
Reduced carbon emission – Homeowners who want to go green can benefit from incorporating natural ventilation as part of their home design. Since natural ventilation does not require the use of energy from the grid – energy that’s partially generated with fossil fuels – it helps reduce the house’s carbon footprint, making it more eco-friendly.
Renewal by Andersen® of Houston is your leading provider of double hung windows and other window styles that allow natural ventilation. Give us a call at (281) 547-6177. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Houston, TX, and the surrounding communities.