Passive ventilation is a healthier and more environmentally friendly way to regulate your home’s temperature. This method utilizes windows, patio doors, vents and other openings, allowing fresh air into your home and letting polluted air escape.
Read on to learn how passive ventilation works and how you can make the most of it.
How Does It Work?
The size and placement of openings can guide air into and throughout the house. During cooling season, windows on the upper levels of your home can be opened to let warm air escape. On the other hand, in winter, well-designed passive ventilation can keep your home comfortable without letting heat escape or making drafts.
If your Nashville home is designed for passive ventilation, all you have to do is open and close your sliding doors, windows and other openings to control temperature and improve indoor air quality. Placing larger windows across smaller higher ones can encourage cool airflow.
Making the Most of Passive Ventilation
Your home needs to be ventilated for more than 15 minutes at least 5 times a week for effective passive ventilation. Installing windows on opposite sides of your home can help bring in the air indoors. To let cool breeze inside, open your windows on the south and east areas in the morning.
Make sure that your roof is properly vented so warm, moist air can escape. Various types of windows can be used to bring in air into your home. Side-opening windows, such as sliders, are great for catching breezes. For homes, with at least one level, have operable windows installed on each floor. Warm air tends to escape through openings in the upper floor, helping keep your home cool in summer.
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