In the summertime, keeping cool is important – but perhaps what is more important is keeping your home ventilated. Ventilation alone can help keep your home cooler and it can keep air conditioning costs to a minimum. Also, ventilation is critical for reducing the amount of allergens and pollutants in the air of your home. One of the biggest pollutants is mold, which can easily grow and spread in hot, steamy and unventilated areas. Luckily, there are a number of ways ventilate and keep your air clean. The last thing you want is to spend the summer coughing, sneezing and treating irritated eyes. Here are some natural ventilation tips and tricks to keep your home cool in the summer.
- Keep your windows open in the evening and at night. It is important to get a good cross breeze through your home. With a strong cross breeze at least once a day, your home will become incredibly stuffy, hot and unbearable. Plus, if you open the windows in the evening, you can trap the cold air inside. Just remember, though, to close all the windows in the morning before the heat really picks up.
- Use ceiling fans. Ceiling fans can work wonders when it comes to breaking up the air and circulating it. Oftentimes, our homes can be so hot that the air simply stagnates. This can make your home feel hotter than it really is. With a ceiling fan, you can break up the air and circulate it, so that it doesn’t feel so sweltering inside your home. Some fans have different motor speeds, so if you spend a little extra money, you could have even more ventilation power.
- Plant large trees and bushes around the exterior of your home. Large trees and bushes can cut down the temperature before it hits your home. If it is especially hot outside, you want to plant dense trees and flora, because not only can it properly ventilate your home – it can also allow you to reduce your reliance on your air conditioner, which can save you money. But the best part about planting trees around your home is that it will also boost curb appeal.
- Get your HVAC system maintained and inspected. Annual HVAC maintenance can reduce springtime allergens and it can allow for cleaner, more ventilated air to pass through your home. Not only that – if your home ventilation system is attached to your HVAC system, having the entire unit maintained will ensure that ductwork and other essential elements are clean and free of pollutants. Ideally, you want your air to be as clean as possible in the summertime.
- Place a pool or water feature outside of your home. A pool is not only a great oasis on those particularly hot days – it is also great for cooling down the air around your home. Even a koi pond or some other kind of feature can cool down the air. In the end, the idea is to cool down the air – while at the same time clearing out pollutants that can affect air quality – and water is the perfect element.