A well-ventilated space can boost productivity and learning. It can also help you maintain good indoor air quality by pushing volatile organic compounds (vocs) and carbon dioxide out of your home. You can achieve passive ventilation by choosing the right window placement and style.
Passive Ventilation and Windows
Passive ventilation utilizes windows, doors, vents and other openings to allow outside air inside your home. You can use the placement of your windows to guide air into and through your interior. During the cooling season, windows on the upper floors or at a high location can be opened to allow warm air to escape. Meanwhile, in the colder months, properly designed passive ventilation can refresh the air in your home without forming drafts.
You can maximize your airflow by using operable windows and distributing them on every side of your home. With a home designed for passive ventilation, all you’ll need to do is open and close your windows to improve airflow and air quality. Passive ventilation can also help control your home’s temperature.
Things to Consider
Keep in mind that the ideal ventilation options for your home still depends on your climate and location as well as the prevailing breezes. A general rule is the area of the operable windows, doors and other vents should be at least 5% of the floor area of each living space. More may be required for moisture-prone areas, such as kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms and bedrooms.
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