You may have noticed that some houses have vents practically on the ground floor, but they are not windows to let light into a basement. These vents are a form of subfloor ventilation and an important ingredient for many households.
Why underfloor ventilation?
The gap between your floor and the floor is said to reduce the risk of moisture and other problems. Moisture forms in the soil, especially after heavy rain. This moisture can then soar through the foundations of your home and into the floors and walls. possibly cause a health problem.
Ventilation allows air to move under your house. The airflow pushes out moist air by bringing in dry air, effectively preventing moisture from entering your home.
Given the moisture under your house, it does more attractive to many pestsLike termites, getting rid of the moisture is a good idea.
Types of underbody ventilation
There are two main types of underfloor ventilation systems, both of which serve to remove moisture.
- Natural current
This type of system has ventilation slots on both sides of the house. The idea is that this creates a cross breeze that ensures the air moves and pushes humid air out of your home.
However, you have no control over this type of ventilation. It’s just as easy for the moist air to flow through it overnight, which muffles the area under your house than it needs to be.
- Fan operated
this is that best option for ventilation of the underbody. A fan sucks air under the house and effectively pushes the moist air out. You can also use the fan to push out air that effectively draws in dry air.
This type of system requires electricity, ideally the fan is on a timer so that it runs during the day when the air is driest. In fact, running it from a solar panel is a good idea. This ensures that it turns on when the outside air is dry and really helps keep the air under your house dry, avoiding moisture problems.
Assuming you have a gap under your house, it is very easy to install both types of ventilation systems. All you need is to create a hole big enough to allow for ventilation and a second hoe across from it to create the natural cross pull.
You can connect your fan to a pipe that covers the vent. This is the entry or starting point. The other ventilation openings can simply be covered with a net.
It is important to cover the ventilation slots with a fine mesh. This will help keep all types of pests away.
As soon as the pump is in position, it only has to be connected to the power supply of your choice with a timer.
In more complex systems, pipes are added under the floor to encourage the movement of moist air. However, this is only as complicated as positioning the pipes. Installing underfloor heating is a simple task that you should consider.