Ventilation is one of the primary ways to ensure comfort and save a few dollars in the bank account, but far too many homeowners overlook ways to improve ventilation and make it more efficient. Right this minute, inside your house, home ventilation problems may about that are going unnoticed. How would you know what ventilation problems your house has? Quit looking around and continue reading!
Winter Ventilation Problem Allergies
Let’s say it’s the middle of winter and you notice that more than half the household seems to have come down big time with sneezing, coughing, runny nose, bloodshot eyes and maybe even hives. Allergy symptoms during winter are just one clue leading to the solution of a mystery that ends with recognizing that you have home ventilation problems. Other ways that your house will let you know you need to take some steps are noticeable musty odors and the appearance of mildew on the walls or ceiling.
Checking for Ventilation Problems
Ventilation can also be checked by using nothing more complicated than a wax candle, a match and your sense of vision. Turn the heater off, pull down any windows that exit outdoors and close doors leading to the outside. Now turn on a clothes dryer if you’ve got one and all the exhaust fans in your house. Return to the thermostat and turn the heater back on. Find the draft hood that will be located on the top of your furnace and hold the lit candle near it. If the flame of the candle is blowing in a direction opposite the furnace hood, you’ve got a ventilation problem that could mean potentially dangerous gases flowing back inside rather than outside.
Ventilation Problems in the Ducts
Another simple way to improve ventilation problems inside your house is to tilt your head backwise and take a look at the duct system in your house. You can take the simple step of inspecting the interior of your ducts as well as the registers that you open and close. Faulty airflow ducts can have the effect of blowing dust from the attic downward into your living quarters. For best results, get a certified professional to come in and conduct a flow-hood test that track down any leaks in the system.
Ventilation with an Exhaust Fan
You may already own an exhaust fan in the bathroom and the kitchen of your house. That’s good, but if you live in an area where the humidity is often heavy enough that you feel like you could stick a straw in the air and suck out enough water to fill a camel’s hump (they don’t really store water there) then invest in a newfangled advance in ventilating fan technology. Exhaust fans are now available that are activated automatically when the level of humidity reaches a certain point. Once the ambient moisture goes back down to efficient levels, the exhaust fan kick off automatically.