As the summer heats up, your air conditioning bills probably goes up, too. One way you can help keep your bills under control is to ensure that your home is properly ventilated. Good ventilation also prevents a buildup of moisture that can lead to mold and other problems. There are several options for ventilating your home available.
Roof vents help to pull the hot air from your home's attic and pushes it out into the outside atmosphere. At the same time, the vents also help pull in cooler air that keeps the temperature down in your home, which means less running time for your air conditioner.
There are two options for roof vents. You can opt for ridge or power vents. Ridge vents are non-powered and require the use of a filter to prevent outside elements from being pulled into the home. Power vents are equipped with a thermostat and an overload protector to keep the motor from getting too hot while venting your home.
Another available option for home ventilation is the addition of foundation vents to your home. Poor ventilation in your home's crawl spaces can also lead to a buildup of moisture. As a result, stale air can be a constant presence in your home. Foundation vents work in the same fashion as roof vent, except the heat is pulled from your crawl spaces. You can use the foundation vents as part of your ventilation system with roof vents.
Whole House Fans
A whole house fan works by pulling heated air from your home, which results in a quick cool down of the interior of your home. If you live in a particularly warm climate, the whole house fans can be used in conjunction with the air conditioner. In milder climates, the fans can be used instead of the air conditioner.
Whole house fans are available in belt-drive and direct-drive types. The belt-drive whole house fan requires windows to be open to be most effective. They are also more difficult to install. By contrast, direct-drive whole house fans are easier to install and you do not necessarily have to open your windows to get the best effect.
Improving your home's ventilation does not have to mean big changes to your home's design. Simple moves, such as installing vents, can give your air conditioner the boost it needs to keep your home cool during the warmer months without hurting your budget. For more information, contact companies like Elite Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.