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Tips To Ventilate Your Home Naturally
Posted on: Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 at 12:49 pm
Ventilation is the process of exchange of indoor air and outdoor air. Ventilating your home is very essential especially when you are having energy efficient and air tight homes. If you have properly ventilated your home then it will prevent buildup of indoor air pollutants. Along with that ventilating your home also controls temperature and moisture in your home.
There are several benefits of ventilating your home
- Properly ventilating your home will prevent any kind of buildup of harmful pollutants in your home.
- Properly ventilating your home will also prevent moisture issues and along with that also prevent mold growth which can lead to wood rot, structural damage and ruined insulation.
- Properly ventilating your home will also control high humidity levels and if it is very high then it will make your AC or your heating system work very hard and it will also help controlling the energy cost and also increases comfort levels.
- Properly ventilating your home will also aid your cooling and heating system and keep your more comfortable by saving you some cost and also increase the life of your HVAC system.
- Here are some of the types of ventilation which will help you ventilate your home in more natural and efficient manner.
Whole house ventilation
Ventilating your home on a whole with fans will reduce the need of air conditioning unit in the home. The powerful sections which are created by whole house fans will exchange the hot air which is present inside your house and bring the cooler air inside the house. The fans which are ceiling mounted will enable to pass the air from your living room to your attic space from where the stale air will escape through vents. If you have installed ducted whole house fans then it will directly pass the hot air outside of your home with the help of ductwork.
Naturally ventilating your home is usually found in the older homes. You can ventilate your home by opening all the doors and all the windows in the house. By ventilating your home in this manner hot air will automatically pass out of your house through windows and doors and fresh and cool air will also naturally enter your home and make your ventilation effective. Try and open your windows in the morning and evening as the atmosphere will be cool outside and close them afternoon to restrict the heat to enter your home. S
Properly ventilating your home includes giving focus on properly ventilating your attic space and crawlspace. Major issue of ventilation is seen in this place only as heat and moisture will be get trapped here as there is no way for them to escape. Try for installing cross ventilation between the ridge and the lines as it will help to control temperature and humidity both in the areas of attic and crawlspace. You can even hire a contr5actor or any professional for installing this structural ventilation and ventilating your home in effective manner.
3 simple steps to make eco-friendly apartment
Posted on: Monday, March 4th, 2013 at 3:11 pm
Going green is the order of the day and as per the environmental experts, the green steps have to be implemented at every aspect of life including your apartments. Here are 3 simple steps to make eco-friendly apartments.
The first thing you have to do is effective conservation of energy. To start with you can use low wattage bulbs and install eco-friendly home gadgets like light sensors that would automatically turn off the lights the moment you leave the room, eliminating any chance of easting unnecessary energy. Besides, make proper arrangements for effective ventilation so that your ac machine doesn’t have to work much in cooling the rooms that again saves a good deal of electric waste.
Go for water saving programs as well. You can opt for low-flow toilet mechanisms that would use less amount of water than regular toilet systems but would work the same as any usual toilet mechanism. Use green home decoration like bamboo fiber and tools since bamboo is a renewable resource.
Go green with bamboo cabinets
Posted on: Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 at 2:41 pm
Due to growing threats on environment, everyone is talking about eco-friendly living and living standard. The homes often make use of various types of furniture which are made of wood and other materials. Since wood is costly and cutting wood can cause ecological imbalance therefore, there are few items of furniture which are made with green bamboo now. The bamboo cabinets can be seen in many houses at the present moment and they are quite eco-friendly as well because cutting bamboo does not cause threat to the environment.
The quality of cabinets made with bamboo is absolutely perfect and they match the class perfectly. The techniques of making cabinets with bamboo are good as well but they require specialist people who have a good working knowledge of making bamboo furniture. These cabinets of bamboo are also attractive to look at and they last longer due to the durability factor of bamboo.
A Simple Green House Design
Posted on: Sunday, October 14th, 2012 at 1:33 pm
Designing a green house doesn’t literally mean that you paint your house green. The basic idea of having a green home is that the house is built in such a way that its environment friendly. The materials that are used and the techniques which are used for power are also eco friendly. Using paints which do not emit harmful gaseous chemicals are chosen over the regular ones. For the furniture, one can use natural materials like wicker, wood, jute and bamboo,
You should also try using power sources which are renewable. Solar, wind and natural gas energy are the main renewable sources of energy which can be seen used in homes. For that you’ll need permission from the government but it’s not tough to do so as government is more than happy to pass these. Using special heat saving lass and power saving light fixtures are another good option.
Advantages of green roofing
Posted on: Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 at 12:16 pm
Primarily, you should understand that green roofing is a form of covering the roof with vegetation on a water proof membrane wholly or partially. Established around 30 years ago in Germany it finds its popularity more in Europe than in US.
The following can be listed while counting on the benefits of green roofs:
• Environmental advantage: As it exists on the roof i.e. on the top of a house or building it helps generating good quality air replacing the layer of pollution in the air. It acts as an anti-storm agent, minimizing the damages from storm. Also it helps the surroundings look beautiful.
• Advantage to Bio-diversity- experiments have shown that green roofs help in increasing the number of rare species found around plants.
• As it creates stable temperature, the need for air conditions as well as heater in summer and winter decreases, hence lowering down on the energy consumption enormously.
How to design an eco-friendly home
Posted on: Friday, April 1st, 2011 at 1:54 pm
Are you planning to build your dream home? Well, if your answer is in the affirmative, you must go in for an eco-friendly home. By going green, you do not only do your bit for Mother Earth but also do yourself a huge favor.
If you want to design an eco-friendly home, it is important that you do your math. You will have to keep in mind that an eco-friendly house will cost at least 25% more than building a house with standard constructions. Next, choose eco-friendly materials to build your house. Opt for materials that are natural, need minimal processing time and are sustainable. Always use safe, non-toxic materials.
As far as the flush, showers and sinks are concerned, always install water saving devices. Install a rain water tank and use the water to water your gardens and flush toilets. Try to use sun energy as much as possible. For energy efficiency it is important that you insulate your new house properly. Buy energy efficient appliances only.
Do up your living room with eco friendly accessories
Posted on: Saturday, February 19th, 2011 at 7:05 am
Are you in search of trendy home décor? Then it is advisable to go green as it is trendy, stylish and also saves your surroundings. Let’s start with the living room—the place of your relaxation and entertainment.
Use the organic fibers like cotton curtains for the door and windows. If you have a fetish for rugs, go for the hand knit oriental ones. Furniture and flooring made of timber are both stylish and eco friendly. Bamboo accessories are also a good choice. You can place indoor potted plants like cactus or peace lily. These plants look chic and also help to purify the ambience.
Pick up those lights which will be energy saving, like the LED and solar lights. They help to save and conserve a lot of energy.If possible use LED televisions, as they are eco friendly. Create decorative pieces from wasted materials like papers. While painting, go for the colors which are free of the VOCs i.e. the volatile organic compounds.
Green homes at affordable prices
Posted on: Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 at 5:50 am
Green homes are the way to the future and you need careful deliberation and planning when you are building a green home. A lot of people think that building a green home will cost more than a regular home and this is true to some extent. However with proper planning building an affordable green home is not that difficult.
The first thing that you need to do is plan the pre construction actions. Being your own Project Manger has several benefits and you will be able to cut down on a whole lot of expenses. Work with the local city hall to get the necessary permits and make sure that you hire freelance engineers, designers and estimators.
If you want to build an affordable green home make sure that you invest in the correct features. It might be right consuming to select all the right features but it will prove beneficial in the long run. Install solar roof panel. They are expensive but will last well over two decades.
Eco-friendly kitchen appliances
Posted on: Saturday, October 30th, 2010 at 5:13 pm
With the increasing concern for the earth’s environment, these days living a green lifestyle has become quite a fad. You can do your bit to contribute to the health of the environment. Everyone is getting their own ideas and using these ideas to convert their home in to a green living space. So how do you ensure that your kitchen is a green one?
Obviously the best way for you is to add on to the appliances which are based on the green principle. Appliances have always been one of the major sources of environmental damage. That is why it is a wise decision to change these appliances and get instead the eco friendly versions which save on energy and are restricted on letting out the CFCs. To get eco friendly appliances, it is a good idea to search for Energy Star appliances.
In case it is not possible to get these appliances right now, you can make the existing appliances in your kitchen eco friendly. For example, make sure your refrigerator is not using too much of energy by setting the right temperature. Convert your kitchen in to a green kitchen.
Choosing Green: Boilers and Radiator Heating Systems
Posted on: Sunday, September 19th, 2010 at 9:00 am
Boiler and radiator heating systems are efficient machines or appliances when it comes to greening the environment. The appliances are long in vogue and are becoming popular with each passing day.
Boilers and radiators are big positive addition to the green campaign. Nevertheless, boiler or radiator heating system helps in reducing your home bills and heating costs and improving your home’s energy efficiency. Well, if these are the facts that you are interested in then do read on for further info to going green with the choice of boilers and radiators.
With installing a boilers and radiators you can expect to improve your housing system. Going green can helps in a major way. If you can make that initial expenditure upfront, you are sure to enjoy a happy and safe future. An efficient green process helps to significantly reduce home energy costs for future. If you ever estimate the amount you spend on the bills of home appliances you will be surprised to see the amount getting reduced by a huge margin once you adopt the green process.