Ventilation Tips for the Bedroom
So you’ve got the room design, the furniture, the bed, and your personal touches all planned out for your bedroom. You know which colors to use, what kind of blinds (or curtains) you want to put up, where to put the bed and other furniture, and whether you’ll have a carpet or not. Now ask yourself, “What else should I take note of?”
Here’s a likely answer: Ventilation.
A lot of people don’t bother to work out how to properly ventilate their rooms, due to the erroneous notion that as long as you have a window /hole/ hollow where air can get in, you’ll have no trouble at all.
Well guess what, ventilation is a more important than you think, seeing as it’s the primary variable that factors in on your total comfort level. Ventilation is about facilitating the passage of air, as it moves in and out of your bedroom. Proper ventilation can also lead to great savings for your energy bill so listen up.
Since we are in a tropical country, many of our homes have airconditioning systems in place, or if there’s no air-con, we have several electric fans to help stave off tropical heat. So the first thing you need to take note of is, air that gets out of your room while the aircon is on greatly increases the consumption of energy needed to operate it. This is because the airconditioning unit works harder to send air outside your house. So if you’re using the aircon, make sure all the windows and doors are shut.
Another thing to take note of is humidity. This one affects your health rather than your electric bill. An environment which is much too humid exposes a person to diseases and allergies. So turn on your aircon when you find yourself feeling sticky, and the air will dry up eventually (make sure the windows and doors are shut!).
If your house exterior is made of sensitive materials, such as bricks, it’s also a wise investment to place ventilation bricks in strategic places, preferably ones that allow moisture to escape.
Another highly underrated ventilation unit is the ceiling fan. It may sound highly unusual, but ceiling fans are actually good ventilators if installed in the right place. For one, they cost much less compared to an air conditioner; another thing— being on top of the room allows them to distribute air and move it all around your room, giving you that cool breeze feeling. Make sure your ceiling fan’s movement is set to swivel so all corners of your bedroom can get the proper ventilation it requires.
Lastly, make sure your windows are big enough to allow the breeze in. Screen windows are good to have, as a complement to your fiberglass ones—this way, you can make use of natural weather while preventing the bugs from getting in.