Keeping your house well-ventilated is a necessity. A floor plan that doesn’t allow good flow of air through the house creates a negative atmosphere in the house. All the odors that rise from cooking and indoor pollutants like dust, carbon dioxide, and moisture, needs to be taken care of otherwise it creates a damp environment inside the house. A well-ventilated house makes sure that you daily breathe ample amount of fresh air, and in turn improvises your health & state of mind.
Here are few ways that you should consider while building your house so that it’s ventilated properly:
- Installing windows at right places
Windows are the most common way to ventilate your house. The size of the windows through which the air leaves the home should be larger than those through which it enters. Also, place the windows away from exterior corners of house for good movement of air across the room. Installing windows that are at least 3.6 feet high helps in indoor air movement. Working drawings ensure that windows installation is done in a manner that the house is ventilated properly.
- Trickle Vents
A trickle vent is a small opening in a window or other component that allows small amounts of ventilation in spaces to be naturally ventilated when windows, doors, etc. are closed. Trickle vents are a good way to reduce condensation in rooms that are poorly ventilated.
- Balanced Ventilation
Using two fans, one for pulling fresh air and one to exhaust indoor air is also a good way of ventilating your home. You can also use air-to-air heat exchanger so that the outgoing house air will precondition the incoming outdoor air.
- Cross Ventilation
You can build a cross-ventilation channel by opening a small window on a higher level (like upstairs) for 30 minutes every morning. If there is a single window in a room, you can open the window and door for sometime to allow air to pass through. This is the very reason that it is advised to get your floor plan designed by an expert because they consider all these conditions before drafting the plan.
- Controlled Ventilation
In controlled ventilation, the fresh air is directly supplied to all the rooms via supply air inlet. There is a directed flow throughout the house – how the air will travel, through which room and in which direction. One advantage of controlled ventilation over traditional ventilation methods is that it doesn’t allow heat and thermal losses which is critical in cold climate areas.
Floor plan and working drawing lay down the basic concept of your home, around which everything is built. An expert architect knows that it’s not just the design, but factors like good ventilation as well, which make a sound floor plan.