A Short Guide to Home Ventilation

If fresh air can’t get into your home, your indoor air quality will suffer. Over time, irritants like dust and dander can build up in the air. There are many sources of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in modern homes like paint fumes, cleaning products, and cooking oil residue. In areas where VOCs are common, you may want to think about extra ventilation.

The Kitchen

While you may enjoy the smell of cooking, that smell means fumes and particulate matter are getting into the air of your home. These can be the products from the chemical process of cooking as well as very small drops of splattered oil. For this reason, it is important that the exhaust fan of your stove is properly vented to the outside. Always run the fan when you are cooking with oil. For even better ventilation, open a window to allow some fresh air in, and let the stale air out.

The Bathroom

The bathroom is another area where VOCs are common. Many of the cleaning products that give your fixtures a sparkling surface release fumes into the air. The same goes for hair spray and other personal care products, especially in aerosol form. The other issue with your bathroom is the steam created by a hot shower. If this is not vented out of the bathroom, it can condense on the walls and become a breeding place for mold and mildew. Running an exhaust fan during and for a few minutes after your shower will help get the excess moisture outside. If it is not too cold, cracking a window during the day will also help ventilate your bathroom.

The Whole House

At Barker's Heating & Cooling, we sell and service several solutions that will bring fresh air to your Brazos Valley home. Ventilator technology has greatly improved in recent years. Heat recovery ventilators exchange heat between the fresh air coming in and the stale air going out. This means that in the winter, the air entering your home will already be heated, saving you money on your heating bill. Energy recovery ventilators also exchange moisture, keeping your home at the proper humidity.

Barker's Heating & Cooling in College Station, Texas, wants to keep your home comfortable in every season. We can help you with the heating, cooling, and ventilation needs of your house. Give us a call today and trust us with your indoor climate needs.