Passive ventilation, also known as natural ventilation, is a method of ventilating your home using building openings, such as doors and windows. It specifically eliminates the use of mechanical equipment such as air conditioners and heaters. Its primary purpose is to bring cool, fresh air into the living space and let stale air out so your home remains comfortable throughout the day. In this post, window replacement company Renewal by Andersen® of Phoenix discusses the role of windows in adequately ventilating your living space.
How Does Passive Ventilation Work?
A well-designed window can refresh the air in your home without creating drafts or letting out too much heat during chilly winter months. During the summer season, you can crank windows in upper levels of your home open to let warm air escape.
There are many ways to make the most of passive ventilation. The most important thing is to design open plan areas or have high vents between rooms. Be sure to install openable window replacement units on each side of your house to help draw air through.
How Can Passive Ventilation Be More Effective?
Climate, microclimate and prevailing breezes dictate appropriate ventilation options for your home. As a rule, windows that can be opened outward should at least occupy five percent of the floor area for each room. However, areas with higher moisture loads like the kitchen or bathroom should occupy more.
Make sure that your house is ventilated for at least 15 minutes for five times each week in order for passive ventilation to be more effective. Leaving fly screens installed on window replacement units when you’re out during the day will also help keep your home cool.
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