Posted: November 11, 2011

Whether you have plans to build a custom home, or are looking into renovating or redecorating the place where you currently live, you want to make good ventilation a priority. When you come home after a long day of work, you want to relax and unwind, and you can achieve this only in a home that is comfortable and set at a temperature that doesn’t make you feel cold or sweltering. Good ventilation is the key to a healthy, happy home.

Let’s look at some ways you can improve the ventilation in your house.

1) Make sure filters are changed on a regular basis. A good rule of thumb is to replace filters every thirty days, but if you suffer from allergies you may wish to make more frequent checks. You may not always replace a filter with each check, but you’ll have a better gauge on how your air conditioner functions as well as the air quality of the rooms.

2) Keep exhaust fans in the kitchen in good working order. If you cook often, you’ll know that some smells take longer to dissipate than others. Unless you rather like the smell of baked fish long after supper is eaten, you will want to have good exhaust to help eliminate odors.

3) Watch your vents and how you decorate. In order to keep good cool air and heat circulating, make sure you don’t have any furniture or other objects blocking your vents. If you have blockage, you may tend to think your HVAC system isn’t working properly, and therefore work it harder than it needs to. This is turn can drive up your energy bill. So clear the passages.

4) If possible, look into an upgraded HVAC system. When you apply the latest technology in air conditioning and heating to your home, you increase the opportunity for high air quality. No matter where you live, clean indoor air is a necessity for a healthy home. Not only that, buy you may qualify for tax breaks on your next return if you have an eco-friendly system installed. This can help cut down on energy bills, too.

Lastly, be mindful of how you take care of your home. Dust regularly and watch open windows and leaks. Anything you can do to make your house worker smarter instead of harder is a big help. For more information on good ventilation tips, consult your local HVAC contractor.

Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles on Newport News HVAC services and Hampton HVAC repair.