Thursday, August 23, 2018

Why Your Home Needs Proper Ventilation

A well-ventilated home is a happy and healthy one. Happy because the freshness that good ventilation provides elevates the moods of the occupants. Healthy because breathing fresh air is essential for good health. These are generalizations that everyone is aware of, but how many of us can enumerate the actual reason why ventilation is so important. Here are 5 of the most important ones:

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    1. High levels of ambient humidity lead to moisture condensing inside a home. This moisture collects on windows, walls, furniture, tiles and so on. Over time the moisture can start to seep into walls and wooden window frames. From here to the development of mold, mildew and fungus is a short step. These can be a major health hazard for the occupants of the home as they are triggers for asthma and other respiratory diseases.Additionally, a lack of ventilation can provide a good breeding ground for dust mites which cause asthma, eczema, itching, sneezing, eye-watering and runny noses. Proper ventilation can help to prevent these unhealthy conditions from developing in your home.

    2. The same humidity can cause physical damage to your house. The moisture that collects all over the indoors can cause damage to paint, rotting and decay of wood, damage to fabrics and a stale musty smell that makes living in the house unpleasant.

    3. While the humidity levels may drop in summer, the health risks from inadequate ventilation remain. Keeping windows open may help to circulate air, if there is a breeze, but that also allows pollen and allergens to get into the home. This is what causes hay fever and fits of sneezing.

    4. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are toxic gases that cause serious health problems. There are hundreds of chemicals used in all kinds of products found in most homes that could cause a toxic reaction if inhaled long enough. VOCs can come from paint, air fresheners, cosmetics and all kinds of appliances and products. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that in the worst case scenario the air inside a home could be 70% more polluted than the air outside.

    5. Many people are not aware of the dangers of Radon Gas. It is a naturally occurring toxic gas that develops when the uranium that is present in all rocks decays. Besides inhaling it, particles of the gas can attach to dust particles, which, if inhaled, could stick to the inner walls of the lungs. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that up to 14% of all lung cancer cases are Radon gas related.

The Solution

A whole house fan is the best way to fully ventilate a complete house and keep the indoor air fresh, clean and cool. These fans, which are mounted in the attic, suck out all the stale air from all parts of the house which is then replaced by fresh external air. The cooling offered by a whole house fan also makes it an ideal, energy efficient alternative to air conditioning. To enjoy the maximum benefits from the use of this type of fan, in terms of air circulation and reliability,buy one that is made by a reputed manufacturer.With a whole house fan, you can be sure your home will be well ventilated and a safe, happy place to live in.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Does an Air Conditioned House Need a Whole House Fan?

Air conditioning, which was considered a luxury a few generations ago, is now a necessary part of living in a comfortable modern home. The fact that this will significantly increase the electricity usage and the utility bill is taken for granted. However, the cost of cooling and ventilating a house can be significantly reduced by installing a whole house fan. The fan, which is installed in the attic, draws stale air out of the structure and it is replaced by cooler fresh outside air, so the air conditioning load is reduced. Among the many advantages of installing the fan are:


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·  Faster cooling: The fan pulls warm stale air up from the lower levels of the house to the attic from where it is blown out. The air that is removed, is replaced by fresh cooler air that is drawn in from open windows. The cooling this creates is felt more quickly than that created by an air conditioner.

         ·  Energy efficient operation: The starting and running loads on the air conditioner are reduced so the unit has to work less hard and this results in lower power consumption and wear on the unit. It also makes the home more environmentally friendly.

         ·  Reduced Cooling Costs: A whole house fan consumes less than 25% of the power of an air conditioner. When used prior to starting the AC to bring down temperatures, the savings can run into hundreds of dollars a year.

         ·  Low Cost: A whole house fan is far less expensive than a window air conditioner and typically costs only about 10% of what you would need to pay for a central air conditioning unit, not including the installation and ducting cost.

         ·  Easy Installation: Most whole house fans are designed for easy installation and do not require any modifications of the attic joists or roof trusses.

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Reduced Air conditioning replacement/upgrading costs:  As and when the air conditioning system in the house needs to be replaced or upgraded, doing it in conjunction with the installation of a whole house fan will significantly reduce the overall cooling load. This will result in a significant reduction in the cost of the new equipment.

         ·  Possible air conditioning replacement: In areas where the need for air conditioning is marginal, a whole house fan could remove the need for air conditioning altogether, resulting in lower equipment and running costs.

         ·  Significant Health Benefits: Whole house fans ventilate the house effectively, blowing out stale air and replacing it with fresh air from outside. This makes the interior environment a much healthier one, reducing the risk of allergic reactions and the spread of many communicable diseases.


It All Depends On the Quality of the Fan

The many advantages mentioned here make the decision to go in for a whole house fan to supplement the air conditioning a simple one. However, to get the maximum benefits and be sure of many years of trouble-free operation, the fan should be of the highest quality. A common error many people make is to associate top quality with high price. Contact the dealer of a reputed manufacturer and check the prices and many other positives. The result will make the decision to go in for the best an easy one.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Do Whole House Fans Really Work?

Before considering how effective whole house fans are, it is important to clear up some of the confusion that surrounds them. There are 3 main types of ventilation fans used in homes.They are:

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           1.    The most common kind of ventilation fan is the exhaust fan that is used to remove odors from bathrooms, kitchens and other parts of a house.
          
           2.    Attic fans are used to blow warm air out of the attic so that cooler air can be drawn in. Warm air rises to rest on top of cooler air so the attic is where heat collects. By blowing warm air out, the attic is cooled and this, in turn, reduces the temperature in the house itself.

           3.    Whole house fans are also attic mounted but are much larger and more powerful than attic fans. Because of this, the airflow is far greater so air from all parts of the house is sucked up into the attic from where it is blown out. Cooler air is sucked into the home to replace the air that has been removed and this has the effect of significantly cooling the whole house.

The Whole House Fan Advantage

Once the outside temperature has reached a comfortable level, usually in the morning or evening/night, the whole house fan can get to work. Windows need to be opened (at least 1 in each room) and the fan turned on. The warm stale air from indoors is removed and fresh cooler air is brought indoors. Turning on the fan is just a matter of flipping a switch. The main benefits are:

             ·         With a good whole house fan installed, the need for air conditioning is either removed or reduced to a great extent.

                    ·         The coolness is coupled with a flow of fresh air through the home which is healthier and more energizing than the recycled air of air conditioning.
            
                    ·         Because of the amount of airflow they provide, whole house fans bring down interior temperatures faster than air conditioning does. This is what is known as the reduction in sensible heat – the heat that you feel.

                    ·         There is another type of heat – latent heat. This is the heat that has been absorbed by furniture, furnishings and other items in the house. These continue to radiate heat from a considerable period of time, which works to counter the cooling effect of air conditioning. The airflow from a whole house fan is continually moving through the house and as it flows over items that have retained latent heat, draws that heat out, bringing down the latent heat quickly so that the house stays cool.

Air Conditioning or a Whole House Fan?

A whole house fan can be either a standalone home cooling solution or can be used in conjunction with air conditioning. In both cases, the benefits are that cool fresh healthy air is circulated in the home and also that the electricity savings are significant.Depending on the size, a whole house fan will typically draw about 500 watts of power. An air conditioning unit that can cool a complete house will usually draw about 5,000 watt – 10 times more electricity. To find out more about the advantages of installing a whole house fan, contact the dealer of a reputed manufacturer

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Benefits of Installing a Whole House Fan

A large number of homeowners think that because they have an efficient air conditioning system installed in their homes, that is all they need. The talk of whole house fans is of those who have cooling problems and need to supplement the air conditioning. That is a fallacy. A whole house fan can work as a standalone unit to cool and ventilate a house but it can also function as a complement to air conditioning, increasing its efficiency, producing faster cooling and lower electricity bills. Here are the facts about whole house fans:

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  • A whole house fan is installed in the attic. It draws the hot stale air from the rest of the house to the top of the building and then sends it outside and replaces it with fresh cooler air that is drawn into the home through windows and other ventilation openings.
  • When an air conditioning system starts working, it must first deal with the accumulated heat and stale air in the house before any real cooling can take place. Whole house fans dramatically reduce the time that is required for this and the effects of the air conditioning can be felt much sooner.
  • The reduced load on the air conditioning system means that it does not have to work so hard and so it consumes less power, resulting in lower utility bills.
  • In many cases, the fan is so effective in ventilating and cooling the house that the running of the air conditioning system is significantly reduced or even eliminated altogether.
  •          The stale air that accumulates in the house is unhealthy and often full of germs and pathogens. Whole house fans will quickly expel this stale air and by doing so, make the home a healthier place.
  •         Whole house fans are not just for the summer months. In winter stale air often gets sealed in the house. This air is full of impurities that can be bad for your family’s health. A whole house fan will keep the air indoors clean and fresh, summer or winter.
      Do Not Compromise

     You have one home and it deserves the best. A cheap fan from a company whose antecedents are unknown will never be able to provide your family with the benefits in terms of cooling, ventilation and health benefits that a fan from a world class manufacturer can. In addition, any notional savings will soon be lost as low quality fans consume more power and have a much shorter lifespan, making frequent replacement a common problem. A whole house fan from a reputed manufacturer, installed by an authorized dealer gives you the promise of years of trouble free use and no installation problems.Because of the health and financial benefits they offer, whole house fans are rapidly gaining in popularity as the best way to cool and ventilate a home. Beware of one-size-fits-all fans. To ensure optimum ventilation and power consumption, the fan has to be the right size for the house. Look for a manufacturer that offers a range of fans so that you can get the one that is right for your home.

Monday, April 23, 2018

How to Buy a Daylighting System

With the growing realization of the advantages of installing daylighting systems at home, the number of manufacturers and dealers of this equipment has mushroomed. As in any area where increasing demand results in greater competition, the quality of products available can vary significantly. Knowing how to buy the best daylighting system means you can look forward to many years of trouble free great lighting at the best prices. Here is what to look for when you make your purchase.

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 Light Quality

Technology plays a key role in the amount and quality of light that is available. The efficiency of the roof mounted light collectors is what determines how much light is available. The type of reflective material used on the tubes that carry the light indoors is what affects the amount of light that is lost in transportation. The best technology means that the best lighting is available in the home.

Installation

Most daylighting systems are relatively simple to install. But issues like water leakage or heating loss can cause all kinds of problems. Buy only products that offer leak proof sealing to ensure water and air tight installation.

Will It Last?

Cheap daylighting systems may appear to be an attractive option, but how long will they last? Besides lower light availability, you could be looking at expensive repairs down the road. Always go with a reputed brand that is known for quality products. It will save you money in the future.

How Adaptable Is It?

A major advantage of daylighting systems is that they can be installed to provide light almost anywhere, even in the most interior part of a home. However, the distance and the type and number of bends in the piping that carries the light can cause serious losses. Use only a system that offers tubing that can take sharp bends and carry light for long distances without loss.

Functionality

A multi-functions daylighting system makes life easier. Features such as an optional LED lighting system that is integrated into the device to provide light at night reduces the need for having extra light fittings installed for use at night. Dimmers mean that the amount of light that is available can be controlled so that the lighting can match the way the room is being used at any particular time of the day. And ventilation kits can help to keep the air in the room fresh at all times.

Aesthetics

You want your home to look its best. Installing a daylighting system where the light fitting sticks out like a sore thumb leaves a scar on the appearance of the house. Look for daylighting systems where the range of fittings is large so that you can install those that go with the look of your home and enhances its beauty.

The Simple Solution

Dealing with all these issues and finding the right solutions can be tough, if not impossible, for the average homeowner. The simplest way to be sure that you are installing the best daylighting system possible for your home is to buy only from a reputed brand. In fact, buying from the brand leader in daylighting systems that is known for setting standards that others try to emulate will ensure that you get the best system that will give you the best light, trouble free performance and great looks.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Sunlight and Feng Shui

Every family wants their home to be a place of joy and peace. Over the centuries various practices have been adopted to improve the ambience and energy in the home. In recent times, the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui has become increasingly popular. In essence, Feng Shui is the art of arranging a home and the belongings in it in a way that creates positive energy. An increasing number of people claim that following the principles of Feng Shui has made their homes happier and improved their lives while others claim that it is all hokum. Whatever you may believe, the concept of filling a home with positive energy appears to be something that everyone would like to do.

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Sunlight’s Positive Energy

Feng Shui is all about maintaining the balance of nature – the Ying and Yang. If the energy that surrounds you is positive, you are energized and if it is negative, you are drained. Light surrounds you throughout your waking day and if it is the right kind of light, you will benefit from the positive energy that you receive from it.The key here is the “right kind of light.” According to Feng Shui, sunlight is a very strong source of positive energy and the body and mind both benefit from exposure to it. This belief is supported by modern medical science which accepts the fact that sunlight is a major nutrient and has great medical value in preventing sickness as well and assisting recovery from it.


Unlike our ancestors, we spend most of our lives indoors. The amount of sunlight we are exposed to is restricted to the amount that comes in through windows and skylights – it is rarely enough to give us the sustenance and positive energy we need. In fact, there are usually parts of a home where electric lighting has to be used even during the day. A renowned researcher in the field of light has coined the term malillimination to describe the harmful situation that occurs when we are exposed to inadequate amounts of sunlight and excess amounts of artificial lighting. The wide acceptance of this theory is proven by the fact that the German government has banned the use of certain types of electric lighting during the daytime.


Learn From the Kids


Forget about Feng Shui for a moment. Look at children out playing in the sun. A large part of the happiness they exude is from the positive energy that sunlight gives them. Keep them indoors under artificial light and you will notice that while they will still have fun, the energy will be less and different and the laughter not so exuberant. Sunlight makes a difference to mood and energy.


Bring the Positive into Your Home


Whether or not you believe in Feng Shui, there is no denying that bringing natural sunlight into the home has numerous benefits. The easiest, most efficient and cost effective way to do this is by installing daylighting systems which carry sunlight into even the most interior parts of the home. Contact the dealer of a reputed manufacturer to find out more about the cost, health and other benefits that daylighting systems offer.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Transform Your Home with Daylight

One of the biggest trends in interior design over the past few years has been the growth of the “Green” concept. Being green does not mean just using sustainable resources to create the interiors of a home or office. It means creating spaces that leave minimal carbon footprint on the environment. To most people, this simply means using better insulation to reduce heating and air conditioning requirements. That is a good thing but there is more – reducing the lighting load of a home or office not only saves electricity, it offers a number of health and productivity benefits. In addition, designing an interior around the idea of maximizing the use of natural daylight can give the space a stylish and elegant look that has a positive impact on those who occupy it.

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Productivity and Mood Improvement

A person who is happy is said to be in a sunny mood. There is a reason for that – studies show that sunlight is a natural uplifter of mood. Sunlight indoors creates a positive aura that fills a room with positive energy. In the home that means a happy atmosphere. In the workplace, it creates an environment where people are more efficient and productive.

Better Sleep

By giving the body adequate exposure to sunlight during the day, the natural activity/sleep cycle of the metabolism is strengthened. Besides being more energetic during the day, the quality of sleep at night is improved. This has a positive cascading effect on all aspects of health and fitness.

Reduced Energy Use

By increasing the amount of natural light available indoors, the use of electric lighting is reduced which leads to lower utility bills. Another benefit is that studies show that doing any activity that involves the use of the eyes is better done in daylight as the strain on the eyes is reduced.

More Attractive Interiors

Designers and interior decorators are incorporating daylight as an integral part of the planning. Sunlight gives an aura of openness, making an enclosed space feel more open and airy. Additionally, sunlight brings out colors better. The Color Rendering Index (CRI) rates how lamps render color. The best CRI is for natural daylight because it has the full spectrum of colors.

Maximize the Sunlight

Most buildings, whether residential or commercial, have areas where there is not enough natural light or where the movement of the sun causes the room to darken at certain times during the day. Adding windows or skylights, even if possible, is an extremely costly and complicated job. And the problem may still not be resolved. However, by installing daylighting systems, the light that is outdoors can easily be brought indoors. Sunlight can be brought to even the innermost parts of a home or office where electric lights have to be used during the day. Daylighting systems are an elegant, easy to install and extremely efficient and cost-effective way to use daylight to add to the look of a home or commercial space. The best way to learn about all the benefits that these systems offer is to contact the dealer of a leading manufacturer.