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Natural Ventilation & How It Can Work In Your Home

Posted on September 30, 2015 by Chris Lancaster

No AC VentilationWant a less stuffy home without having to run your air conditioner? Try natural ventilation. Your air conditioner might be able to keep your home cooler, but it can’t always mimic the invigorating effects of fresh air. Lancaster Brothers Heating & Cooling understands that homeowners don’t want to run their air conditioners all the time. Keeping your AC off can help you save money. You can try and make natural ventilation work in your home by tweaking a few things. It’s a perfect way to naturally ventilate your home and enjoy the beautiful weather as we transition into the fall months.

Make Natural Ventilation Work

Natural ventilation is optimal to use in areas that are cool at night and have regular breezes. That makes Kansas City ideal. Wind will naturally ventilate your home when it enters or leaves windows. When wind blows against your home, air is forced into your windows on the side facing towards the wind, while a natural vacuum effect tends to draw air out of windows on the leeward (downwind) side.

This is called the “chimney effect”. It uses convection to naturally create a cool freshening effect on your home. When cool air enters the home on the first floor or basement, it absorbs heat in there and rises. Then exits through upstairs windows. Convection in your home creates a vacuum, which in-turn pulls more air in through lower-level windows.

Related Read: Keep Cooler at Night Without AC

There are a few ways you can encourage and enhance natural ventilation in your home, too. The right landscaping can have a huge effect. Each house design is different, but depending on wind direction, a windbreak like a fence, hedge, or row of trees that blocks the wind can force air either into or away from nearby windows.

Call Lancaster Brothers Heating & Cooling today at 913-837-2000 for a furnace tune-up and help your home transition into fall and winter.

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