Unmask Your Home

Unmask Your Home

Like every living thing on earth, every home is to have its own respiratory system through which it breaths-in fresh air filled with oxygen and releases the stale inner air back out. The process can occur naturally by force of atmospheric pressure but in current times and with change in lifestyles, designers and home buyers have opted for comfort than practicality which has resulted in obstructing this natural process of air movement which is very important for a healthy and energetic lifestyle. The flow of fresh air is essential for domestic hygiene as it controls the level of moisture which eliminates condensation and dampness, consequently flushing out bacteria, viruses, dust particles and any foul smell suspended in air, which is paramount in times of such a pandemic.

Here are a few tips that every individual home owner should follow in order to keep their home well ventilated.

1. Cross ventilation

The centuries old concept of cross ventilation requires two windows in any given space, one perpendicular to wind direction with high pressure and other opening on the side with low wind pressure, triggering the natural movement of air due to pressure differences resulting in a cool, comfortable and healthy living space. The process being vice-versa when the wind changes direction. For example, the predominant wind directions in Chennai are South-East and North-west, hence windows in those direction will have a positive cross ventilation effect.

2. Regulate your Ceiling Fan:

The centuries old concept of cross ventilation requires two windows in any given space, one perpendicular to wind direction with high pressure and other opening on the side with low wind pressure, triggering the natural movement of air due to pressure differences resulting in a cool, comfortable and healthy living space. The process being vice-versa when the wind changes direction. For example, the predominant wind directions in Chennai are South-East and North-west, hence windows in those direction will have a positive cross ventilation effect.

3. Cross ventilation

Ceiling fan helps greatly in circulating the indoor air, releasing the stale air and any fumes. It would be advisable to run the fan at low speed even while AC is switched ON, as the wind chill effect results in lower usage of AC, consequently adding in power and energy savings.

4. Open Up Internal Doors:

Considering the fact that cross ventilation is rare in modern contemporary designs, it is essential that we keep the internal bedroom doors open whenever possible or atleast a minimal space, if it hinders your privacy, such that a sheet of air virtually 1” thick can pass through it all through the night. This gives the critical escape for internal bedroom air resulting in the inflow of fresh external air. Make note to avoid opening up unused spaces such stores, laundry etc with no or little movement of air.

5. Extractor Fans and Attic Vents

Where there is no room for ventilator, mechanical ventilation using exhaust fan should be practiced. Exhaust fans are most preferable in kitchens and should be mandatory in bathrooms as it aids in flushing out stale and foul air, preventing it from entering the living spaces.

6. AC maintenance

Running of Air-conditioners and maintaining comfortable indoor temperature doesn’t necessarily mean good air quality, there are times when AC filters become the grooming ground for incubation for viruses and bacteria making the indoor air highly unhygienic. These filters should be cleaned latest once a month or every 2 weeks in polluted areas.

7. Indoor Plants:

Indoor plants can be a great way of increasing indoor oxygen levels as it absorbs carbon di-oxide and is an effective replacement for air purifiers. Some plants, known for releasing significant volumes of oxygen are Aloe Vera, Ivy, Fikus, Spider Plant, Areca Palm, Orchids, Tulsi, peace Lilies etc.

8. Dry Laundry Outside:

Clothes should be dried outside the rooms in open areas to avoid the increase in the moisture content in closed spaces leading to condensation and dampness triggering growth of bacteria and fungi.

Indoor air pollution coupled with bad ventilation can lead to a number of health problems including headaches, dizziness, fatigue, allergies, asthma, rashes and sinusitis and practicing few of the above tips will greatly help in having a positive lifestyle and healthy wellbeing.

Post By: Mr. Yusuf Colombowala
(Co-Founder & Managing Partner)

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