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Too hot? Don’t open your windows

It’s summer time — the best part of the year. And while you enjoy all the pleasures that summer affords, like swimming, sunbathing and boating, etc., night time isn’t always so much fun — when you want to get to sleep, that is.

What’s the problem? Well, the thing that makes summer so good is what also keeps you awake in a hot, clammy state. That thing is heat. And if your home is poorly ventilated, heat and humidity can make bedtime a time to dread.

So, why not open a window? That’s an easy fix, right? Well, actually it’s not.

The problem with opening your windows

When you open your windows at night, you open the floodgates to a host of undesirables, like dust, pollution and pollens. If you suffer allergies, this can be a big problem and you certainly won’t be getting much sleep.

So, what’s the alternative? What about a home ventilation system?

Home ventilation systems

Home ventilation systems are installed in the cavity of your roof. Air is drawn into your home from either the roof cavity or from outside. You can set your preferred temperature using a controller.

The air in your roof cavity is warm and dry. So, during summer time your home cooling system is smart enough to draw air from outside.

The air is then filtered of toxins, like pollen, mould, dust mites and strong odours, before being distributed throughout your home, clean and dry.

The introduction of the filtered air drives out existing stale and humid air from your home through cracks around doors and windows or through specially-fitted vents. The process is called “Positive pressure.”

So, on a hot night, your home ventilation system will circulate cool dry air throughout your home enabling you to get a comfortable sleep.

Can I get rid of my air conditioner?

The short answer is no. Home ventilation systems are not designed to replace air conditioners. They will, however, reduce your dependence on them and can save you a lot of money on power bills — the cost of running a home ventilation system is actually about a 10th of what it costs to run an air conditioner.

So, next time you’re struggling to sleep because you’re too hot, don’t just open a window.

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