8. Consider the alternative: passive airflow
Sometimes a heating or cooling system can dry out the air, impact negatively on air quality and just feel a little bit unnatural. If you’re worried about this, why not try some good old-fashioned passive airflow ventilation?
Does your home receive a natural breeze? Is the air outside crisp and fresh? Perhaps you live close to the ocean and love the smell of the sea?
If so, consider using open doors, windows, louvres and vents to let the stale air out and the fresh air in. Passive ventilation works extremely well if the airflow isn’t interrupted – therefore, if you build a house with an open plan area and rooms with lots of openings, you can make natural ventilation work really well for you.
The final thing – it’s important to know when to use passive airflow. Get into the habit of closing up during the day on hot summer days – all doors, blinds, curtains – and then opening it all up in the evening to vent the house with the evening breeze.
We recommend a combination of both approaches. Use passive air flow wherever possible and supplement or replace with your heating/cooling system when necessary.
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