Good ventilation is essential to maintain air quality and remove excess moisture in your home. Having a draft in your house is not the same as good ventilation. As houses get more airtight, they become easier to heat. However this improved air-tightness means it’s even more important to make sure you have good ventilation to stop the air in your home getting stale and damp.
Make ventilation part of your daily routine
The simplest and cheapest way to ventilate your home is to open doors and windows regularly to allow fresh air from outside into your home.
In summer, open windows and doors in different parts of your home to create a cross-draught, which will circulate air and help keep your house cool. In winter, air your house at least once a day for a few minutes with wide open doors and windows to create a cross-draught. This will quickly replace stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air.
To avoid condensation problems, ventilate when you turn off the heating – for example, before you leave the house in the morning and just before you go to bed at night.
Ventilation will remove moisture from everyday living most effectively when your home is heated properly because warm air can absorb more moisture than cold air.
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