Despite the increasing consciousness of many people to become more energy-efficient, energy consumption is still increasing. The truth is, awareness is not enough because more and more people tend to depend on fossil fuel for everyday activities, especially in the home. For example, air conditioning is a crucial element that impacts comfort during warm weather and homeowners have considered it a necessity. But by making simple changes, such as enhancing natural ventilation inside the home through optimum use of windows, energy consumption may be reduced.
What is cross-ventilation?
Cross ventilation occurs as a result of a difference in pressure between opposite sides of a house or building. Wind or air will enter the building from the area where there is high pressure and leaves from the leeward or low-pressure side. This type of ventilation helps maintain a moderate indoor temperature. Because cross ventilation encourages natural air flow, stagnant air and odours will not accumulate. This will not only improve air quality but also make the space more comfortable for occupants.
The best way to incorporate cross ventilation is by making good use of windows. Keeping windows open more frequently by installing window controls is one way to encourage natural air flow. But cross ventilation works best when the right type of window is chosen for the orientation and layout of the building.
How to choose the right window for cross ventilation
Architecture, aesthetics, and personal preference all play crucial roles in determining which type of window to opt for when building a home. Here are some of the most common types available today.
- Casement window. It is considered one of the most traditional styles, but still popular today because it provides an unobstructed view of the outside. A casement window also allows optimum airflow from the top to the bottom opening.
- Tilt and turn window. This type of window is versatile and can be accessed either by tilting from the top or by swinging inwards. This is most suitable for small spaces such as loft bedrooms and bathrooms. If installed higher up or close to the roof, you can add manual window controls for easy access.
- Glass to glass window. If you want to allow maximum sunlight to enter into your home, glass to glass windows are an excellent option. This type of window is also perfect when you want a panoramic view of the outside.
- Sliding window. Most contemporary homes today feature sliding windows because it can optimise space by opening sideways. For maximum ventilation, you can also choose to install floor to ceiling sliding windows.
- Bay window. A bay window is a combination of three or more window panes joined at an angle. It is not only great for allowing air to enter but is also perfect for rooms where you want an excellent view of the outside.
To ensure best results in enhancing cross ventilation, you need to ensure that windows are professionally installed. There should not be any gaps or openings that may compromise the insulation of your home, which is vital during cold weather.
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