Where to Add Ventilation Around the House, and Why It Matters

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Here at J. Blanton Plumbing, we believe that a well-ventilated home is a happier, healthier home overall.

Proper ventilation and air circulation may seem like a small thing, but it can make a huge impact on the living conditions around your house! Adding ventilation around your Chicago home can:

It’s important to always make sure that your HVAC systems are in prime working condition by scheduling inspections regularly throughout the year, and by calling in a professional at the first warning sign of trouble.

If your home isn’t properly ventilated, now may also be the right time to consult with an HVAC pro about effective, energy-efficient solutions that can work for your space and your budget. Here are a few big spots in your home that may be crying out for a new – or improved – ventilation system:

Your Bathrooms

If you notice that your bathrooms stay steamy for a long time after you shower, it could be high time that you consider adding a vent system. Properly ventilating your bathrooms is a huge first step in cutting down moisture in these oftentimes tight spaces; reducing moisture can make a huge difference when it comes to everyday annoyances big and small, from fogged-up mirrors to sweating toilets to, in the worst case scenario, lasting decay and mold growth.

Looking to improve air circulation in your bathroom in the short term? It may help to keep any doors and/or windows to your bathroom open when you shower, as this will allow at least some steam to escape. You may also want to consider investing in a dehumidifier if you cannot add a full vent system to your bathroom due to, say, condo by-laws or other restraints.

Your Kitchen

You may have romantic notions of your kitchen always smelling of fresh cookies or roasting chicken when you move into a new home, only to find that the dishwasher, trash can, garbage disposal, and stove can all combine to make the real smell closer to that of a dump than a five star restaurant.

Adding an exhaust fan to your kitchen can make a huge difference in cutting down on terrible kitchen odors; having an exhaust system in place will also come in handy should you ever need to clear away smoke or steam after a cooking mishap, allowing you to prevent dangerous fumes from harming you and your family.

Your Basement, Garage, or Work Station

The utility areas of your home – including your laundry room, your basement craft room, or your garage storage room – are often unfinished or open to the elements, making them prime breeding grounds for moisture, mold, and mildew. Adding an exhaust fan to these rooms – or at least bringing in a dehumidifier – can help prevent them from feeling stuffy and damp year-round.

Many of us also have a tendency to cram our garages and crafting rooms full of gasoline and kerosene, cleaning supplies, and paints - all of which require proper ventilation for safe use. With that in mind, adding or updating your ventilation and exhaust systems won’t just make these out-of-the-way spaces feel more comfortable, but actually keep you and your family, friends, and visitors safer overall in the long run.

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