Monday, August 20, 2012
Getting Closer to smaller living: Stage 1.7 - Ventilation
Now If you think about this, you don't need a LOT of fans. one in the bathroom and placing the kitchen outside the bathroom will take care of moisture and smells. The problem with kitchen cooking is having a real vent hood that will take smoke out and handle the high heat of cooking. This is where a RV store will come in handy. I strongly suggest getting a steel or stainless RV stove vent hood and fan and putting it in your kitchen. over the stove is best, but if you are only going to have a hot plate, then where you will cook with the hot plate is a good idea. Yes it takes precious space, but if you have a kitchen mishap, it's nice to be able to draw all the smoke out fast and not worry about the vent hood.
Consider a hot summer day, if you fired up the loft vent fan and opened the windows in the house on the opposite side of the loft ladder, you will have a constant breeze coming in of cooler air. from the windows.
but let's get clever. if we had controlled vents UNDER the house that drew air from near the ground outside, we would draw in even cooler air into the home. This is why a lot of old homes had basement windows. you open the upstairs attic windows, open the doors to the attic and basement and then open the basement windows. Hot air leaves the roof while drawing in the coolest air from near the ground. You can cool a house significantly this way. It will feel cooler than what it feels like outside. Even cooler if you are in a shaded area and are pulling air from a shaded grassy area.
Problem is you will need air filters to keep dust from coming in the house, just cut some filter material and stick it over the vent holes or roll up some and stuff it in the pipe. check it and clean it often, every couple of months, just like your home furnace filter.