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Keep Your Home Ventilated this Summer

Ventilation in summer is not a popular topic in Phoenix, AZ, but it is vital. The average person breathes in 12,000 liters of air in a day. But indoor air is often 10 times more polluted than outside air. Some indoor pollutants include volatile organic compounds (VOCs), toxic chemicals from clearness and pesticides, mold, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and radon. Proper ventilation clears out these pollutants, ensuring you get enough vital oxygen in the air you breathe. So here is what you need to know.

Benefits of Fresh Air

Better circulation and ventilation helps:

  • Draw out toxins
  • Relieve stress
  • Boost the immune system
  • Eliminate bad odors
  • Reduce moisture and condensation
  • Increase energy
  • Improve concentration

Ways to Improve Ventilation in your Home

These are some simple steps you can follow for more air flow:

  1. Open Windows and Doors

This is the easiest way to immediately improve air circulation and ventilation in your home. Unfortunately, the summer heat means you can’t open windows and doors as often as you’d like. So instead, capitalize on the cooler air at night and in the early mornings. Open windows and doors in different rooms for cross ventilation. Then, when it starts to warm up, use these other means for improving air flow and ventilation.

  1. Improve Attic Ventilation

If you don’t already have them, install vents in the attic of your home. Otherwise, the hottest air in your home is stagnant and becomes trapped, affecting the entire house. One way to determine if your attic has proper ventilation is simply touching the ceiling connected to your attic on a hot day. If it is hot to the touch, the heat cannot escape.

  1. Use Exhaust Fans

When you cook or run hot water, the air gets hot and can take a lot of time and energy to cool back down. The moisture in the air is another concern. That is why using the exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom is important. These will help draw out the hot air and moisture.

  1. Run the Ceiling Fans

In addition to the exhaust fans, you can also use ceiling fans and window fans to improve air quality. These traditional fans will circulate and cool the air in your home.

  1. Keep Interior Doors Open

A lot of people close off a room when it is not in use. Unfortunately, this prevents airflow and it gets trapped in enclosed spaces. Keep closet doors and pantry doors closed, but open up the bedroom and living area doors so air can circulate through the house.

If your windows and doors don’t open and close properly, you are at risk—and not just from poor ventilation. The good news is, you don’t have to ignore the issues any longer. Call our professionals at Freelite. We can get you quality windows and doors in Phoenix, AZ at fair prices. You can reach us at (602) 233-1981 or stop by 331 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85003 to set up a free in home consultation and quote.