What Areas in Your Home Need More Ventilation?

August 6, 2019

At Craig's Services in Bountiful, UT, we know that there is more to your indoor climate than just the temperature. Although our technicians are experts at heating and cooling your indoor spaces, you also need to be concerned about air quality, especially the exchange of indoor and outdoor air. Sometimes, this can be as easy as opening a window or door. However, other spaces can require extra effort for adequate ventilation.

Bathroom Ventilation

Many products you use in the bathroom produce volatile organic compounds, also known as VOCs. Every time you use cleaning products or beauty products, small amounts of these chemicals make it into your air supply. For people with allergies or sensitive respiratory systems, VOCs can irritate their lungs and make breathing difficult. When you use these products, be sure to run an exhaust fan if you have one or, at the very least, open a window.

The Kitchen

The kitchen is another spot where ventilation is important. When you cook with oil, microdroplets can float in the air for some time. These droplets are in addition to the smoke that the cooking process releases. Use the hood fan over your stove to vent smoke and oil outside. An overhead fan in the kitchen can also help to disperse these chemicals.

The Basement or Garage Workroom

Most homes have a room with a collection of unused paint, adhesives, and cleaners. You know these are strong chemicals, so you keep them away from the main living space. Often, these compounds are stored in places with minimal ventilation like a garage or basement. If you are working in the garage, it is easy enough to open the garage door. The basement can be more of a challenge. If you have one, open the bulkhead door to let in fresh air. You can also use fans to vent some of the air outside to improve your indoor air quality.

Craig's Services is ready to help you with your heating, cooling, and plumbing needs. If you have questions about ventilation or the indoor air quality of your Bountiful home, our technicians have answers. Call us today for more information.

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