Keep Your Mobile Home Properly Ventilated With Automatic Foundation Vents
The foundation is critical to the well being and structural integrity of any home. That’s why foundation ventilation is very critical. Foundations that are not ventilated are subject to built up moisture which can eventually lead to some costly damage. Apart from protecting this critical area of the home, foundation vents help in controlling conditions that are known to lead to mildew, damp rot, fungi, mold and unhealthy air. Further to this, termites are usually attracted to warm, moist and dead air environments which are found under houses or in unfinished basements. Generally, a good foundation vent is designed to provide ventilation which reduces excessive moisture in these areas. When choosing the most appropriate unit for your mobile home, here are some valuable tips you need to take into serious consideration.
Even though not all, most building codes do require that you have one square foot of open ventilation area for a hundred and fifty (150) square feet of crawl space. Depending on the model you choose, calculating the number of vents you need is not very difficult. If the vent that you choose has fifty inches of net free area per vent then you should install one vent per every fifty square feet of crawl space. It is also worth mentioning that whenever possible, vents should always be placed on all sides of the foundation. This is important since it will create an intake/exhaust system that delivers a steady flow of air; typically, make a point of installing one vent for each eight to ten feet of foundation wall.
For crawl spaces which have polyethylene installed on eighty to ninety percent of the ground, then the ventilation needs change to one square foot of ventilation for every five hundred (500) square feet of crawl space with a minimum of four vents to be installed so as to provide the space with cross-ventilation. To make the vents effective, make sure any dense shrubbery that’s near the vent is trimmed frequently.
There are generally three main types of foundation vents available in the market. These are the powered foundation vents, the manual foundation vents and the automatic foundation vents. Even though they are almost similar in construction and sizes, they are quite different in how they all operate and function. Powered vents usually have a small fan housing that runs at relatively low speeds when the level of humidity exceeds the humidstat that’s usually fitted in the unit. Powered vents are usually installed on one side of the foundation while the other side must be installed with a non-powered, open vent.
Automatic vents on the other hand are built in such a way that they start to operate automatically once the temperature reaches a certain level, usually 70 degrees Fahrenheit and will close when the temperature reaches a certain level, usually around 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The manual vents usually have an accordion or slider mechanism that has to be opened by hand for the vent to start working. These vents are available in both plastic and metal options and are not so difficult to install and maintain as well.
Here are some of the popular mobile home foundation vents readily available in the market. They include but are not limited to the following:
1) Product Name: Powered Foundation Vent Radon Quiet
Product Price: $ 206.00
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Product Details: this unit uses positive pressure ventilation to remove any excess moisture. It is fitted with a heavy duty coil for dependable operation, it is completely screened at the front and back, no mortar is required for installation, no control kit and since it is a low voltage unit, you don’t even need to have it installed by an electrician. For ease of maintenance and cleaning, the unit has a removable back.
2) Product Name: Manual Foundation Vent
Product Price: $ 8.99
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Product Details: with deep louvered blades, this is an extruded aluminum construction unit that’s easy to install and maintain as well. The unit can easily replace a single brick since it can fit in a 8 by 16 opening.
3) Product Name: Gray Automatic Foundation Vent
Product Price: $ 15.95
Product URL: http://is.gd/Kj3CcD
Product Details: the unit automatically closes at 40 degrees Fahrenheit and opens at 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Made of high density thermo-plastic construction with stainless steel and corrosion resistant parts, it is durable and long lasting. It is easy to install and maintain as well.
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