Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality This Winter
By: Danny Lipford
Proper home ventilation is especially important when your house is closed up during winter. Here are some tips to improve your indoor air quality this winter.
- Keep Your House Clean: Using a quality vacuum to remove dust and dirt is a great way to improve indoor air quality, but unless you’re using a central vacuum system, such as the PurePower™ Series from NuTone, you’re just recirculating dirty air throughout your home. Unlike a canister or upright vacuum, a central vac system actually exhausts the dirt and dirty air outside your home.
- Remove Moisture from Bathrooms: Too much moisture from showering and bathing can cause the growth of mold and mildew in your home. Properly installed bath vent fans, such as the new InVent™ Series from Broan, remove excess moisture and vent it to the outside. Broan fans can also come with a built-in humidistat to cut the fan on and off automatically as needed.
- Add Spot Ventilation to Rooms: Bathrooms are the only room that needs good ventilation Broan also makes combination exhaust fans and recessed light fixtures, such as their 744 Series which are perfect for removing musty air in closets and laundry rooms.
Read our article Projects to Let You Breathe Easier This Winter to find out more.
Danny Lipford: Hi, Danny Lipford here. And winter time is right around the corner, we’re going to be spending a lot more time inside our house. That means the quality of air inside your home is extremely important to your family. Here’s how you can make it a little bit better.
First of all a little cleaning. Nobody like cleaning but make it easy by having a central vacuum system. Now, this one from NuTone, PurePower, is two to three times more powerful than the canister vacs. And central vac systems are so much better for your indoor air quality because instead of recirculating that air and pushing a lot of those contaminants back into your room, it actually goes through a HEPA filter and straight to the outside.
The next thing to be concerned about is moisture, and moisture starts in the bathroom. Now, whether you have a large bathroom, like this, or a smaller bathroom; it’s important to move that hot, moist air all the way to the outside—not just in the attic.
Now, we have one exhaust fan here in the water closet that is so quiet you can hardly even hear it. Nobody likes those noisy exhaust fans, and that one from Broan is really quiet.
And here’s another one from Broan that actually has a humidistat senor built into the exhaust vent. And that allows it to tell you when you need humidity control. And it will automatically turn itself on, that’s why this switch stays on all the time. And as soon as it gets to that certain level, it’ll blow that air straight out.
You can also think about some of the spot ventilation that you may use around your house, such as your walk-in closets or laundry room. It looks like a recessed light, it’s actually a recessed light with the exhaust fan built right in—great way to go.
Now, they also have some very nice do-it-yourself kits that allow you to change out your own exhaust fan and reinstall it without even having to go in the attic. Now there’s a lot of ways you can improve your families indoor air quality by going to TodaysHomeowner.com