With everyone home for the holidays, the extra bodies, shower use, and cooking power in your home can really bring up the heat. While that’s nice for your heating bill, it may cause unwanted ventilation issues in your home.
Remember a few tips for keeping smoke out of your eyes and steam from coming out your ears while your kitchen works overtime:
- Use the hood fan to reduce all the steam rolling off your boiling stovetop items.
- Open windows to create a freshening airflow. If you need more draft power, place a box fan on the sill pointed outside to expel smoky air from the kitchen.
- Avoid burning things to prevent smoke. It’s simple but worth mentioning. Cooking at lower temperatures will reduce the chance of burning and keep steam down.
When the weather isn’t cooperating your garage may seem ideal for rainy day grilling, but resist the urge to drag your gas or charcoal grill inside. Your garage isn’t designed with the proper ventilation for smoke and fumes; it’s just not safe.
Nothing sparks the holiday spirit like a cozy fire, but with a wood-burning fireplace make sure your chimney flue damper is open before igniting to allow a sufficient draft. Keeping that flue closed at other times keeps energy from escaping up your chimney, but with a fire burning keep it open until the last ember dies. And remember, wood-burning chimneys should be cleaned each year to remove the soot and creosote buildup – not only is it unsightly, the buildup is a significant fire hazard.
The ceiling fan does its best, but extra shower use can lead to lots of excess moisture. A dehumidifier helps maintain the right moisture level, whether in the bathroom, kitchen or laundry room.
For best results have a professional inspect your ventilation system. Pre-holiday season is a great time to clean air ducts, change air filters, and tune up heating equipment.
For more information on ventilation improvements, visit AJPerri.com– a family-operated business based in Tinton Falls, founded in 1971.