Natural ventilation is an effective way to keep your home healthy and comfortable without relying too much on your HVAC equipment. It takes advantage of windows, which draw fresh air into your home and let stale air out. It doesn’t matter what kind of home you have; you can maximize ventilation as long as you know the right window style, size, and placement.
The Importance of Natural Ventilation
Poor air quality is among the top health hazards in U.S. households according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Several studies have confirmed that indoor air is much more polluted than outdoor air. Also, heating and cooling systems circulate the same air countless times, going stale over time and increasing the risk of contracting respiratory illnesses. Opening your windows at least 15 minutes a day allows fresh air in while purging airborne contaminants to improve air quality.
Using Windows for Home Ventilation
Maximizing ventilation means considering the size and placement of the double-hung or sliding windows. This is important during the cooling season—one side of the home should have larger windows to catch the cool breeze while the opposite side has smaller windows installed high on the walls to let warm indoor air out. It certainly helps to design open plan areas or having high vents between rooms for air to have a clear path in and out of your home.
Ventilation of Various Window Styles
All operable windows can be used for home ventilation, but each one varies in terms of operation. Casement windows, for instance, are hinged so you can open them outward, allowing you to control and direct ventilation however you like. Bay windows have two operable side panels, letting you enjoy cool breezes from two directions. Double-hung windows have two operable sashes for increased airflow in your room.
Optimize your home’s natural ventilation with replacement windows from Renewal by Andersen® of Louisville/Lexington. We’ll help you decide which window style is the best fit for your home’s ventilation requirements. In addition to operable windows, we also offer non-operable picture windows if you are looking to improve your home’s daylighting. Call us at (859) 629-4649 or fill out our contact form for a virtual consultation. We serve residents of Lexington, KY, and the surrounding communities.