Home Ventilators

Written by Charles Peacock
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Most people would never think that their home is at risk of being under-ventilated. We're all used to fighting hard to keep air out, so it's unusual to think that we might actually need to let more in. The reality is that most modern homes are so airtight that they can become stuffy quite quickly, which can actually lead to problems if you have appliances like fireplaces or stoves that require fresh air for proper operation.

Installing Home Ventilators

One obvious way to ventilate your home is to simply open a window. If it's winter time, however, it's usually hard to regulate how much cold air is coming in if you're working with a normal window. The solution is to use a home ventilator, which is basically a fan or a register that allows air to pass freely from the outside into your home--in small enough amounts to help without causing a noticeable drop in temperature.

Home ventilators are very easy to install. All that is required is to cut a hole in your interior and exterior walls that is the same size as your ventilator pipe. Be careful not to make the hole too large, since an open seal will allow air in even if you have the ventilator closed.

Once you have cut the hole through your walls, you simply insert the ventilator pipe through the walls and mount the interior and exterior panels onto either side of the pipe. Good ventilators will allow you to open and close this duct. If you have a fireplace burning, you'll want to keep the duct open, but if you are sleeping or away from home you can simply keep it closed.

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