Home Ventilation: Heating and Cooling

Home Ventilation: Heating and Cooling

Putting the V in HVAC, ventilation is a key component of your home’s heating and cooling system.

Whether it’s your furnace or air conditioning unit, ventilation plays a major role in how efficient the unit operates, and it comes in a few different forms. Depending on the building, different types of ventilation may be necessary or more efficient. Of course, home ventilation doesn’t just affect the efficiency of the furnace of A/C unit. In fact, its main purpose (for both heating and cooling) is to filter the air in a space, whether it be removing odors, humidity, or any sort of contaminant.

To help you understand how ventilation works, and better understand that of your home, take a moment to learn more about its role in HVAC and improving the air in your Michigan home. First, allow the experts at Applegate Home Comfort to explain the different forms.

Types of Ventilation

As defined, ventilation involves replacing the air in a given space in order to control temperature and eliminate the aforementioned odors, humidity, etc. Of course, we know ventilation best for regulating house temperatures—replacing hot air with cool air in the summer and vice versa come winter time. As mentioned above, home ventilation is key in keeping your home comfortable. While buildings and homes are constructed with ventilation in mind, there’s always plenty of ways to ventilate your home on your own. Let’s take a look at the two main types of ventilation below.

  • Mechanical: Though it depends on where you live, most homes feature mechanical ventilation systems, especially here in Michigan. Here, an air handling unit (AHU) is utilized, which works to remove and replace air. Within mechanical ventilation, you have exhaust-only, supply-only, balanced, energy recovery, and heat recovery ventilation. Of course, ceiling fans are also considered mechanical ventilation.
  • Natural: As you can imagine, natural ventilation doesn’t utilize anything mechanical, including ceiling fans. Whether it be windows, louvers, or trickle vents (essentially small vents to keep air flowing when windows are closed). Keep in mind, while natural ventilation is a viable option in some regions, it’s not ideal for humidity. In many cases, an A/C unit is used for backup or alongside natural ventilation to regulate humidity.

Though home ventilation works to keep your home comfortable, and the air inside clean, there are still plenty of ways it can be improved—in terms of comfort and efficiency.

Improving Home Ventilation

In improving the ventilation in your Michigan home, as well as the air quality, preventing moisture is key. Not only does moisture affect the comfort of your home, but it can also become quite problematic. In many cases, excessive moisture can lead to mold growth, not to mention damaged furniture. To prevent moisture and improve home ventilation, check out the tips below:

  • Prevent air from entering non-conditioned areas of your home, such as the crawl space, attic, and basement. You may need to seal small gaps and spaces, as well as insulate.
  • Seek out areas where water could make its way in, such as windows, doors, and showers, and ensure they are properly sealed.
  • Cooking, showering, washing dishes, and so on produce plenty of moisture, so always open a window or door to allow the moisture to escape during and after completing any of these tasks.
  • If moisture is more of a problem in your home, consider purchasing a dehumidifier to supplement your home’s HVAC system.

Ensure A Healthy and Comfortable Home with Applegate

As you can see, home ventilation is key to comfort and optimal air quality. While there are plenty of ways you can ventilate naturally, you appliances play a major role here in Michigan. If you’ve noticed any issues with your HVAC system, or you’re seeking new appliances, give Applegate Home Comfort a call today at 517-337-7700.