Home Ventilation In An Older House

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According to NASA, human related activities such as chemical plants have contributed greatly to the number of greenhouse gases which have in turn caused an alarming warming trend leaving serious side effects in its wake. It’s little wonder then that one of the factors that most people look for when shopping for a house is a properly working ventilation system. But what about if you are moving to an old home that is not fitted with a modern ventilation system? The likely solution would be to install one. If you choose to go the DIY route, you may want to have a few tips in mind.

How Home Ventilation Works

In the same manner in which we need clean air to breathe, so does a house need it to stay fresh. It is important that the air that is expelled by the house’s inhabitants is replaced with fresh air. In some cases, simply opening some windows is enough to let in clean air. However, if you have installed a home heating or cooling system, then allowing in air through the windows or doors may affect its functionality.

A home ventilation system works by expelling used air and introducing clean air from the outside into the house. This works because expelled and used air is lighter and floats to the top, while cold fresh air is denser and flows to the bottom; a ventilation system facilities this flow of air.

Tips On Home Ventilation In An Older House

Below are tips on how you should go about ventilating an older home.

1. Assess how the former owner maintained the home. If the house seems to be in a general state of neglect, you may need to replace the whole system. However, if the previous owner did a fairly good job of maintaining the system, then you may need to replace only a few parts of it.

2. Do not depend on a home inspector to determine the state of your ventilation system. This is because although he/she may be trained to look at a house in general, only a ventilation system specialist will be able to truly determine whether or not a system is good enough to function.

3. If the house you are living in is approaching the 10 year benchmark, then you may want to set aside money in order to have your ventilation system replaced.

Advantages Of Having A Well Ventilated System

Once you repair an old or buy a new ventilation system, there are a number of advantages you will enjoy.

1. Regulate your air. A good ventilation system will know when to bring in fresh air, as opposed to bringing in fresh air all the time which can lead to high energy bills.

2. Without proper air circulation bacteria, damp air, pollutants and allergens will buildup which in turn will cause the air inside your home to become more polluted than the air outside.

Four Reasons to Use Recycled Building Materials

download (30)Do-it-yourself projects are a great way to upgrade or renovate your home. Digital resources, like YouTube, can be a source of inspiration and information to help anyone get started. Here are 4 tips for your next project with an emphasis on how recycled building materials can keep costs down while ensuring your project is both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly!

It’s Green

“Green” projects have started to trend with builders and DIY enthusiasts. Reclaimed and recycled materials are often available at community resale stores. They can help keep the carbon footprint of your project low while allowing you to reuse quality building materials.

You might be surprised at how inspiring it can be to spend time browsing a local resale store. A growing interest in the creative reuse of recycled goods has spawned a vast community of people that are excited to share ideas on each other’s projects. Even a basic web search will help you find great ideas that are both creative and environmentally friendly!

It’s Cost-Effective

Have you started to budget your next DIY project and noticed how quickly costs can add up? Luckily, using recycled building materials can help keep your budget in control. Spend some time researching online and browsing stores to find great options at a low cost.

If you are just getting started with your first project, make it a priority to keep the budget low. This will ensure that you have a positive first experience and are ready for your next project. Soon you will be learning new building skills, upgrading your living space, and saving money along the way!

It’s Trendy

In most forms of art, retro trends always seem to find a way back into the mainstream. Whether it’s old music being sampled by modern artists, or the fashion of the 1960s and 1970s finding its way back into current designs, the retro styles always seem to return.

This is especially true in the world of construction and DIY projects. Even just allowing portions of your home to remain exposed, like an old brick wall or wood beams, can create a retro look that aligns with your design style and looks visually pleasing for you and your guests.

It’s Sustainable

Last but not least, using recycled resources is more sustainable for you and for the world. Simply put, manufacturing new materials is cost-heavy, labor intensive, environmentally unfriendly, and often times just unnecessary because of the vast pool of resources already available to builders.

So instead of further depleting resources in your local community and around the world, spend time learning about how quickly and easily you can incorporate recycled building materials into your project to keep the industry sustainable for years to come.