Ventilating a room involves more than just opening your windows to let in a breeze. When you plan your window replacement properly, you can maximize indoor ventilation and allow healthy fresh air to circulate in your home and cool your surroundings without relying too much on fans and air conditioning.
There are several strategies you can use to optimize ventilation and improve your indoor air quality using nothing but your replacement windows. Read on as the window specialists at Renewal by Andersen® of Portland share some tips.
When a room only has replacement windows on one side, you can make use of single-sided ventilation strategies. This method may not be as effective as the others, but it’s the best one for rooms with windows on just one wall. Pulse ventilation, that is, opening the windows for short “bursts” allows you to make use of single-sided ventilation.
Cross ventilation happens when replacement windows are positioned on opposite sides of a room. This creates a cross-breeze indoors, which allows your home to “breathe.” This can also be done in cycles during colder months. You can maximize cross ventilation by opening the wind-facing windows just slightly while opening the opposite windows as widely as possible.
You can think of stack ventilation as a vertical version of cross ventilation. This can work well if your window replacement is only on one side as in a single-sided ventilation. The difference is you also have an outlet on your ceilings and roof vents to let warm air outside. Stack ventilation works on the principle that warm air moves naturally upwards to circulate indoor air.
Make the most of your ventilation with replacement windows with the help of our professionals at Renewal by Andersen of Portland. Give us a call at or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Salem and Portland, OR, and nearby areas.