Optimize Your Home’s Ventilation With These Green Options
A well-designed home ventilation system improves air quality and controls humidity, adding to your comfort and your home’s energy efficiency. By choosing eco-friendly ventilation methods, you’ll be helping to support clean air not just in your home, but all around the Jacksonville area. And the less you rely on the air conditioner, the less you’ll contribute to the air pollution created by coal-fired power plants.
Windows can provide good airflow, but opening a few at random isn’t going to create an effective home ventilation system. Instead of opening windows here and there, make sure you have windows open on both sides of your home, including the side that’s receiving wind that day. Setting a fan or two in the downwind windows to draw out warm air faster also boosts airflow and cooling. Additionally, if you don’t have operable skylights, consider installing some.
Take Advantage of Ceiling Fans
The humble ceiling fan is often underestimated in its ability to cool efficiently and reduce the need for air conditioning. The breeze these fans create can make you feel around five degrees cooler, letting you raise the thermostat by an equal amount to save on cooling while still feeling just as comfortable. For every degree you raise the thermostat above 72 degrees, you stand to save 1 to 3 percent on cooling bills.
Install a Whole-House Fan
These systems are so effective, they can let you skip air conditioning for much of the cooling season and set the thermostat higher when you finally do turn on the A/C. Whole-house fans are installed in the ceiling between the attic and living space, and they’re large enough to quickly pull in cool air through open windows while exhausting hot, hu15mid air. They’re highly energy efficient and cost only 10 to 25 percent as much to run as an air conditioner.
For more pro tips on improving home ventilation, saving energy and staying more comfortable for less, contact the pros at Mike Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning. We proudly serve homeowners in the Jacksonville and Orange Park areas.
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