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Benefits of Whole House Fans for Contractors

Whole house fans offer many benefits to homeowners. So many, in fact, that many housing communities are beginning to offer them as standard features in the homes they are building. That means that contractors who install whole house fans are likely to get more bids in these new home communities throughout the country.

Why do you want to make sure you offer whole house fans when building homes? You’ll find a few great reasons below.

  1. Easy and quick to install.  Whole house fans can be installed in as little as 45 minutes when building a home and can add a great deal of value and comfort for homeowners. It’s an easy fix for something that will provide an infinitely positive return on investment when it comes to installation time and customer satisfaction.
  2. Potentially profitable for contractors. Very few upsells when building a home provide quite the profound return on investment homeowners experience when opting for a whole house fan. It’s the perfect upsell when installing air conditioning units and a perfectly viable option for customers who want to stay cool during the warmer months but cannot afford central air conditioning.
  3. Availability of rebates. You’ll find that many electric companies offer whole house fan rebates for purchasing and installing them.
  4. Great for environmental concerns. You have customers who are concerned about their carbon footprints. Whole house fans give them the comfort of living in a cooler home without the planetary costs running an air conditioner constantly provides. Even among those who want the comfort of central air conditioning, a whole house fan provides a viable alternative for reducing their reliance on less environmentally friendly choices like air conditioning.
  5. Ables homeowners to save on their energy costs. In some temperate and mild climates, like in many areas in California, for example, homeowners can save up to 90 percent on their air conditioning costs.
  6. Offers home buyers option of better indoor air quality. Another growing concern among homeowners and home buyers alike is indoor air quality. When you install whole house fans in the homes you build, you’re giving them the option of improving indoor air quality in their homes by leaps and bounds. Not only can these fans draw out stale air filled with pollen, mold, and mildew, it can also rid their homes of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), viruses, and bacteria.

As an added bonus, whole house fans can help them get rid of foul odors from cooking, pets, and more that would otherwise linger. This means homes can be healthier, air can be more breathable, and their guests won’t be able to tell what they had for dinner three days ago by the smell. It’s an excellent selling point.

Now is the perfect time to consider adding whole house fans to your list of offerings for homeowners and see how much your contracting customers appreciate the option.

Contact us here at at 1.888.229.5757 to learn more.

3 Types of Ventilation Your Home Needs

Ventilation is the exchange of outdoor and indoor air. When you don’t have proper ventilation, your home, regardless of how airtight and insulated it may be, will seal in dangerous pollutants, like carbon monoxide. It can also seal in moisture which can damage your home. To improve indoor air quality, an effective way is to rid your home of pollutants and/or reduce their emissions through proper ventilation.

There are three main types of home ventilation:

Natural ventilation
Whole house ventilation
Spot ventilation

Let’s go over these in more detail.

Natural Ventilation
Natural ventilation refers to uncontrolled air movement from doors, windows and cracks in your home. In the past, this was the more common method of ventilation and allowed the fresh outdoor air to replace your home’s indoor air.

Natural ventilation relies on the outdoor wind as well as the “chimney effect” of keeping a home cool and indoor air quality good. It works best in climates with regular breezes and cool nights. When the wind is blowing against your house, air is being forced into your windows located on the side of your home facing into the wind. On the downwind side of your home, there’s a natural vacuum effect drawing air out of your windows.

You can diminish or enhance natural ventilation through landscaping. Depending on the wind direction and house design, air can be forced either away or into nearby windows by creating a windbreak like hedges, a row of trees or a fence that blocks the wind.

Whole House Ventilation
With whole-house ventilation, you’re using one or more duct systems and fans to exhaust stale air out of your home or draw in fresh air from the outdoors into your home. A good example is a whole house fan.

Whole house fans are an inexpensive and simple way to cool your home and bring in fresh air. A whole house fan draws the cool air into your home from the outdoors through open windows and then exhausts the hot air from inside your home to the outside through the attic.

Spot Ventilation
Spot ventilation uses localized exhaust fans to control air movement and quickly remove moisture and pollutants at the source. Some examples include:

Attic ventilation: Through the use of an attic fan, you can protect the contents in your attic, protect your roof and prevent ice dams and mold.

Bathroom ventilation: Use a bathroom exhaust fan to prevent mildew, moisture and mold.

Kitchen ventilation: Helps with problems of smoke, grease and odors that other ventilation systems don’t tackle.

Garage ventilation: A garage exhaust fan will help with chemical off-gassing.

Most home forced air-conditioning and air-heating systems don’t bring the air from the outdoors into the home mechanically. Therefore, natural ventilation is relied on to draw in the fresh outdoor air and force out the stale, polluted indoor air. This is where whole house fans and natural ventilation can help.

If you’re looking for whole house fan ventilation or spot ventilation through an attic fan or garage exhaust fan for examples, please peruse our website and/or give us a call here at at 1.888.229.5757. We can help you find the perfect solutions for your home.

Is Your Roof Ready for Snow?

Winter is on its way, whether you like it or not. And in many cities across this great nation, it has already arrived even though the calendar hasn’t yet hit December 21.

An often overlooked, yet important part of preparing for the winter season is ensuring your roof is ready for the snow and cold. This is especially important if you reside an a location that receives significant snowfall.

Getting your roof ready for the winter isn’t as difficult as you may think, and doing so will extend your roof’s lifespan. If you’ve already experienced roof leaks or damage caused by damaged shingles or ice dams, you already know how expensive it can be to repair this damage. The good news is, these problems are preventable and you can start by following the tips below to get your roof ready for the snow.

  1. Clean
    In the mid-to-late fall, you should start winterizing your roof by cleaning it thoroughly. Clean off any leaves or fallen tree limbs. Beginning at the top of your roof, use a push broom and work your way down. Be very careful when you’re up there working. If you feel uncomfortable about getting up on your roof yourself, you should hire a professional roof contractor to come do it for you.
  1. Inspect
    Inspect your roof for shingles that are:


You might be able to see some of these problems from ground level, but most will require you getting up on your roof.

  1. Replace
    Address any problems with your shakes or shingles immediately. If it’s a minor issue, you can replace damaged shakes or shingles and match the original shingles.
  1. Proper Attic Ventilation & Insulation
    In the colder climates, ice and snow will accumulate on rooftops naturally as winter goes on. Your heat can flow into your attic through the ceilings due to poor insulation. The heat then becomes trapped in your attic, radiating through your roof materials. When snow accumulates on the heated sections of your roof, it will melt and flow down until it finds its way to the section of your roof that’s below 32 degrees (F). When this occurs, it causes ice dam formation, which can cause extensive damage to your roof and walls of your home.The way to keep your attic cool is through proper attic ventilation and you’ll still keep your house warm with properly installed insulation. Another thing you may want to consider to ensure proper ventilation is install an attic fan, like the SmartAttic Roof Mount Fan. An attic fan will keep your attic and roof from becoming warm to the point it allows radiated heat to melt the snow and create ice dams.
  1. Indoor Inspection
    Once you’ve cleaned your gutters and rooftop and have inspected it, go back into your attic and inspect your ceiling for water damage. If you notice water stains on your ceiling, it could indicate poor roofing insulation and you’ll want to fix this issue before winter as well.


Give the Gift of Energy Savings This Year with These Energy Efficient Gift Ideas

Giving friends and family energy-efficient gifts is a simple way for them to save energy and money year-round. Holidays are often a time where people spend a lot of money and consume a lot of energy. However, this year, by giving your friends and family energy efficient gift ideas, you’ll help them with both of these issues.

Here are some ideas:

For the Homeowner

  • Home Electricity Monitor: A great way to help them save energy is by providing them with real-time feedback of the amount they’re using and the money they’re spending. A home electricity monitor will track their electricity usage in their home by plugging into outlets or helping in another way. You’ll find many options, so be sure you understand how they work.
  • Whole House Fan: With a whole house fan, your loved ones can prevent ice damming which occurs when the snow melts from their roof and causes water to flow down onto the edge of their roof, making ice dams. These ice dams can damage their roof and cause a blockage in their gutters. You’ll be saving them extra maintenance costs for their roof by giving them a whole house fan.

Whole house fans also circulate the air better for better ventilation. The whole house fan will help bring in fresh air to your friends and family’s home and remove stale indoor air. It also improves indoor air quality, reducing indoor pollutants like volatile organic compounds.

You’ll be giving the gift of a whole house fan, which can range in price from about $450 to $1,350.

For the Outdoor Enthusiast

  • Solar Backpack: A solar backpack has solar panels on the front of it so your loved ones won’t need to pack an extra battery pack. Just an hour of sun will provide them with several hours of talk time on their cell phone. The bag’s fabric is made with a recycled PET (soda bottles) so it’s lightweight, waterproof and UV resistant.

For the Techie

  • Tablets: Tablets are still hot today. Tablets like the Kindle fire, iPad and Nook each come with a lot of computing power that’s a lot more energy efficient than desktop computer and laptops. Not to mention, you’ll find a lot of holiday deals so you’re sure to find a tablet within your price range.
  • Connected Home Innovations: With the internet occurring all around us, smart homes or high-tech homes are becoming more popular. For better energy efficiency, several companies have come out with programmable thermostats and other items that connect to one another for better energy efficiency.  They program themselves, automatically saving you energy when you’re not home.

There are also smoke alarms that are WiFi-connected that communicate with other smart devices, signaling your thermostat to turn your furnace off if it detects carbon monoxide in the house. These connected home innovations are efficiency for your loved one’s homes through their phone.

For the Foodie

  • The Pressure Cooker: A pressure cooker can help substantially reduce the time you require to cook when you compare it with a regular oven. This is because the pressure cooker cooks quicker due to pressurizing hot air in an enclosed space. A pressure cooker can cook anything from soups, to meat, to rice. They come in various sizes.
  • SoftBrew Coffee Pots: Just about everyone loves the first sip of their morning coffee. But, having to brew coffee every morning is a wasteful process that requires paper filters or disposable k-cups. Making and disposing of these k-cups and filters requires a lot of energy. Fortunately, there’s an efficient and simple solution — SoftBrew Coffee Pots. These don’t require the use of pods or filters. They’ll provide your loved one with the same great taste but without all the trash.

Shopping during the holidays and gift-giving is a joyful part of the season. Just remember when you’re thinking of gifts that will help your loved ones, try to find those that will help them save money and energy.


How to Save Energy (and Money) on Your Holiday Lighting

You likely know that you can save energy and money during the warmer months by using a whole house fan, but you can also save money and energy on your holiday lighting.

When you’re stringing up your lights and putting out your decorations, chances are you don’t realize how much energy and electricity you’re using. Many people love to decorate for the holidays, but don’t realize their energy consumption. This can really spike your energy bill.

Instead of enjoying your holiday at the expense of your energy bill, try these holiday light ideas to help save energy and money this holiday.

Use LED Lights
Light up your home this holiday with LED lights. Not only are they more resistant to breakage and are sturdier, LED holiday lights also consume 70 percent less energy than the traditional incandescent light strings and last longer. It will only cost you around $0.27 to light up a 6 ft. Christmas tree for 12 hours daily for 40 days when you use LED lights compared to the $10 for incandescent lights.

Use a Light Timer
Install a holiday light timer. When your holiday lights are flickering on your tree and nobody is there to see them, you’re wasting money. By installing a light timer, you can turn your holiday lights on and off at certain times. This means, your lights won’t be left on driving up your energy bill when you’re not home.

Use Holiday Lights in Place of Porch Lighting
LED holiday lights are a lot more efficient than conventional incandescent lights to light up your porch. While the initial price of buying LED light strands is higher, you’ll want to consider the cost of keeping each type of light strand running for 12 hours daily for 40 days.

Here are the costs, according to

Standard C-7 (125 four watt bulbs): $25.13
Mini incandescent lights (300 0.4 watt bulbs): $6.03
LED holiday lights (280 0.04 watt bulbs): $0.56

LED light strands last longer as well and they’re safer than conventional incandescent light strands.

Use Holiday Lights With Rechargeable Batteries
Instead of using the electrical mains to plug in your holiday decorations, use battery-powered decorations instead. Using rechargeable batteries are more cost-efficient than standard batteries, meaning you’re not relying on electricity.

For a while now, LED lights have come a long way in becoming better quality and cheaper and are a more efficient alternative. This holiday season, you should make the switch and see for yourself.


Why Indoor Air Quality Can Be Worse than Outdoor Air

CNBC reported in 2016 that indoor air can be far deadlier than outdoor air, especially when you consider that the average person living in a city spends as much as 90 percent of his or her time indoors rather than out. The report goes on to say that using coal or biomass burning stoves alone has lead to more deaths (4.3 million) each year than outdoor air pollution (3.7 million). The EPA also reports that the concentrations of some pollutants are two to five percent higher indoors than outdoors.

What’s to Blame for Deteriorating Indoor Air Quality?
Why is indoor air quality so much worse than outdoor air? This is a great question, especially when you consider we are working so hard to build homes and offices that are more energy efficient than ever before?

Some believe this dedication to energy efficiency may be, at least partially, to blame for the worsening quality of indoor air. Of course, there is more to it than just that. But, it’s a good place to begin looking for answers.

The other problem involves pollutants brought into homes and buildings. There are the usual suspects, mold spores and allergens walked in on shoes and the paws of pets. Then there are a few surprising sources of pollutants brought into your home in the form of chemicals introduced through off-gassing when you bring new furniture into your home, paint a room, or even cook with certain types of oils.

Don’t forget the usual suspects for bringing air quality down like smoking tobacco, lingering moisture in kitchens and bathrooms, and exposure to colds and other viruses. These germs, once brought into the home, have nowhere to go to escape well ventilated homes and offices.

So, How Do You Get the Bad Air Out?
With so many factors contributing to the presence of poor air quality inside your home, what can you do to improve the overall quality of air in your home? One of the most effective methods, according to the EPA, is to bring greater amounts of fresh, clean, outdoor air into your home.

Opening your windows is an excellent way to accomplish that. One way to kick your efforts up a notch – or twenty – is to install a whole house fan. Whole house fans draw fresh air into your home through open windows on lower floors, but also works to push the stale, toxic air out of your home through vents installed in your roof – creating greatly improved indoor air quality for your entire family to enjoy.

Here at, we offer several types of whole house fans, designed to pull cool ―and fresh air into your home. Take a look at our whole house fans (we offer an exclusive 90-day risk-free purchase guarantee and free shipping). Give us a call at 1.888.229.5757 if you have any questions.


Benefits of Using a Whole House Fan in the Fall Months

Fall is an interesting season that presents a few unique problems when it comes to keeping your home comfortable throughout the day and night. While most people only think of whole house fans to cool homes at night, there are other ways you can use your whole house fan in the fall that allows you to get more mileage from your investment.

Consider this for keeping your home comfortable long after the dog days of summer have given over to cooler fall weather.

Draw Cooler Daytime Air into Your Home
While many homes use whole house fans at night during the summer to draw cooler air into the home, that doesn’t mean you can only use your fans for coolness at night. In fact, on those in-between days, when it’s just a little bit uncomfortable inside your home but cooler outside than in, you can draw cool air inside your home to offset the heat of the day and daytime activities that might be warming the air inside. This lets you stay cool and comfortable well into autumn without resorting to air conditioning.

Reduce Fall Allergies inside Your Home
When your home is airtight during winter and fall months, it often traps allergens, viruses, and bacteria inside. Using your whole house fan periodically throughout these seasons, whenever the weather allows, helps to remove these nasty, harmful things from your home, replacing them with fresh air instead. This helps to improve the air quality in your home and can create a healthier environment for your family. As an added bonus, your home will smell better too!

Draw Warm Daytime Air into Your Home
Because whole house fans work by drawing the air outside your home into the home, they can be used to warm your house during the daytime hours without turning on your heater. That way your home can remain nice and comfortable well into the evening, this helps you postpone the inevitable turning on of heaters in winter and keeps fresh air coming into your home in seasons when this would otherwise not be the case.

Whole house fans can make your home more comfortable and the air more breathable in almost every season, include the fall. Whether you’re looking for a way to reduce the costs of heating and cooling as winter months approach or you’re looking to create healthier air inside your home, using your whole house fan in fall months can be instrumental.

What Are Indoor Air Quality Monitors (IAQ)?

“A growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.” That is what the EPA has to say about indoor air quality.

For people who spend 90 percent or more of their time indoors, this can expose them to serious health risks from indoor air pollution. This is especially concerning for the young, the elderly, those who are chronically ill, and anyone who suffers from cardiovascular and/or respiratory diseases.

How Bad is the Problem of Indoor Air Quality?
The EPA’s Office of Research and Development conducted a study, called the Total Exposure Assessment Methodology (TEAM) Study. The study, completed in 1985, found levels of nearly a dozen commonly known organic pollutants to be two to five times higher inside homes than outside. The study found this to be the case in homes in large cities, industrial areas, and rural areas alike.

What Causes the Poor Indoor Air Quality Problems?
Many things contribute to poor indoor air quality in homes. In most cases, it is likely to be a combination of factors. We’ve worked hard to create homes, office spaces, and business buildings that are more airtight and energy efficiency. This push has had some unintended consequences as well.

These upgrades to homes and offices help to reduce the amount of air conditioned or heated air that escapes these spaces. Which is perfect for maintaining an ideal temperature without breaking the bank. But it doesn’t only hold in air. We bring harmful things into the home every day – often without even realizing it. Many in the form of everyday things, such as:

Cleaning products
Dry cleaned clothing, curtains, and bedding
Hobby supplies
Air fresheners
Aerosol sprays like hairspray
New furniture
Building materials
Office equipment
Crafting materials

The list is long and hard to avoid with the lifestyles we lead. One of the biggest problems, though, is that your home may be inadequately ventilated. But there are things you can do to improve the air quality in your home.

Solving Indoor Air Quality Problems in Your Home
First, find out how bad the problem is by purchasing indoor air quality sensors or a monitor, like Awair, that tracks various air quality factors in your home. This particular model has a partnership with the Mayo Clinic to offer tips for improving air quality. This will help you understand the air quality problem in your home. As the name implies, indoor air quality monitors detect pollutants in the air inside your home and alert you to their presence.

One of the biggest things you can do to solve your air quality problem is to install and use a whole house fan to provide natural ventilation in your home. Not only does this draw fresh air into your home, but it also expels the polluted air and toxins from your home clearing the air, so everyone can breathe easier.

Understanding Your Attic Ventilation

For many homeowners, attic ventilation is the least of their concerns. After all, the attic is often a forgotten space inside the home. However, what many homeowners don’t know is that a well-ventilated attic is important because it helps regulate the temperature inside the house, which can ultimately contribute to a comfortable home.

Since the proper attic ventilation is what keeps your house warm in the winter and cool enough in the summer, it’s essential to understand how it all works.

What Is Attic Ventilation and Why It’s Important
Attic ventilation refers to the way an attic is designed to move air out and in. Adequate ventilation maintains a cool room temperature to control ice dams that are a result of melting snow and to reduce condensation that can build up in the attic space.

In warmer climates, attic ventilation helps expels the hot air created by the sun which can drastically help cut cooling costs. You’ll find that a lack of ventilation will cause a load of frost accumulation inside the attic during the winter which can cause excessive moisture and mold growth while during the summer months your air conditioner will be working overtime to cool off your home.

Types of Attic Ventilation
There are several methods that can be used to properly ventilate your attic space depending on the design and construction of the roof or attic. Here are some of the most common attic ventilation methods:

Roof vents should be a part of your attic ventilation system. The size and type of roof vents that can be used should be determined by a professional who has thoroughly assessed the construction of your home. Keep in mind when installing roof vents that you are better off with the excessive intake ventilation rather too little of it.

Attic Fan
Most homeowners opt to install an attic fan which works by drawing in cooler air from outside. If your attic is equipped with soffit vents that are sealed off then your home won’t likely benefit from this ventilation method.

You also have the option of adding insulation to your attic. This method adds warmth but it also allows for cool air to enter through the vents.

Benefits of Ventilating The Attic
A well-ventilated attic aids in decreasing your annual energy costs. It also improves the overall air circulation and extends the life of your roof. If your attic is lacking in ventilation, consider installing an attic fan, like the QuietCool Smart Attic Gable Fan – 2830 CFM or SmartAttic Roof Mount Fan SMT 2.0 2116 CFM to reap all the benefits it provides.

What’s the Difference Between Supply and Return Vents?

You likely know that behind the walls of your home is a network of ducts. The ducts connect to each room in your home, providing a pathway where air can cycle back and forth from your cooling and heating system. Without the supply and return vents, your ductwork wouldn’t be able to perform its job. But, do you know the difference between them?

Supply Vents vs. Return Vents
Below will explain the difference between your supply and return vents.

Supply Vents
The supply vents connect to your supply ducts. These are responsible for blowing the air into your indoor rooms. They’re usually smaller than the return vents and often have slats or louvers behind the grill that allow you to direct the flow of air.

Your home’s supply vents are the covers for your walls’ openings where the air blows out. The air then flows from your cooling and heating system out of your supply vents from the ductwork.

Turn the fan of your system on and hold your hand or a piece of paper in front of the vent. If you can feel the air blowing out — it’s your supply vent.

Return Vents
Return vents connect to the return ducts. These are responsible for pulling the air out of your indoor rooms and delivering the air to your cooling and heating system. They’re usually larger than supply vents and don’t have louvers.

While return vents also cover your walls’ openings, they connect to the return ducts. You don’t feel any air blow out of them like you do with the supply vents.

Turn on the fan of your system on and hold that piece of paper or your hand over the vent. If you feel a suctioning effect or notice the paper being sucked towards the vent — it’s your return vent.

Your air-supply and return system needs to follow a couple principles to function properly:

You should have a supply register and return-air register in each room of your house. If you have a home that wasn’t designed like this, for optimal efficiency, you may want to have them installed. Return registers should be installed on your inside walls; supply registers under windows and on outer walls.

Make sure the supply and return registers aren’t installed too close to one another, since the air may not circulate properly since the return vent will draw the supply air quickly back into the ductwork.

Some individuals believe they should close the vents if a room is too cold. They also believe this will save energy. However, doing so can damage your vents. When you close off a vent, it increases ductwork pressure, resulting in improper air flow. This causes your system to operate harder and wastes energy. If you’re looking to save on energy, you may want to consider installing a whole house fan.

To ensure your vents are running appropriately, don’t place any objects or furniture in front of them. Keep the area clear to make airflow easier. You need supply and return vents installed in your home to keep your home feeling comfortable. To ensure the vents are installed properly, call an HVAC professional to come and do the job.

To effectively cool and ventilate your home, while simultaneously reducing your energy bill, especially in moderate climates, use a whole house fan.

Ventilation Options for Your Man Cave

Man caves. The ultimate room for rampant testosterone-driven fun and festivities in the home today. These rooms can be your dream room filled with all the things (and toys) you love most But, is your man cave properly ventilated?

The odds are good if your man cave is in the garage or basement, it may not have the right kind of ventilation to meet your needs. Here’s what you need to know.

Most people think of creature comforts when planning for ventilation in their man caves. It’s understandable. You want to be able to remain cool and comfortable no matter what’s happening in your favorite video game, on the ice (for hockey fans), or with your favorite football team.

But ventilation is about so much more than keeping your cool in summer or heating things up in winter. It is also about making sure air is circulating effectively, humidity is being shown the nearest exit, and your precious possessions and memorabilia aren’t damaged by mold, mildew, moisture, or heat.

What Are Your Options for Man Cave Ventilation?
Your primary options for air purification in the past have been the combination of dehumidifiers to draw out moisture and air purifiers to reduce toxins in the air inside your man cave. Men who intend to smoke pipes, cigars, or cigarettes in their man caves might appreciate the abilities of a “smoke eating” device, but probably won’t be thrilled with the noise factor these tools generate.

We recommend one tool to get the job done without taking away the purpose, design, or human-friendly nature of your man cave: The QuietCool Garage Exhaust Fan. It doesn’t matter if your man cave is located in your garage, your attic, your workshop, or wherever. The QuietCool Garage Fan is an effective tool for driving smoke and moisture away from your man cave and releasing them into the great outdoors.

This fan is energy efficient, blowing 1452 CFM while using a paltry 47 watts of power, keeping it miles ahead of the competition when it comes to energy efficiency. You can even use it with garages that have attics to keep both spaces cool and comfortable for your man cave and its guests throughout the year. Better still, the GA ES-1500 is almost silent when operating so you’ll never miss a moment of commentary, even during intense putts on your favorite greens.

Contact us today to learn more about your options for keeping moisture out of your man cave while making it a cool and comfortable place to congregate. 1.888.229.5757

6 Safety Checks for Your Garage

Is your garage home to hazardous materials and dangerous tools that you wouldn’t normally store inside your home? Then no doubt, you want to make the garage as safe as possible especially if you have a family.

Keep your home and family safe by periodically performing an inspection of your garage to address safety concerns before they become a major issue. You can use this checklist to ensure that your garage is safe and sound.

  1. Remove hazardous materials. Flammable chemicals like propane, gasoline or even lighter fluid should be contained in a place where they can’t be reached by small children. Experts recommend storing such materials away from the garage in a shed. However, if this is not possible you can keep them on shelving units away from the ground where they can easily spill over. Avoid storing flammable liquids near combustibles like cardboard or cloths.
  2. Store tools in a secure place. Be sure to store your gardening tools on the wall. You can install hooks so that they can be clipped to the wall  upright potential. You may not view gardening tools as dangerous but they can cause injury when they are left carelessly lying around. Just imagine, falling over a tool can result in cuts, bruises and in severe case broken bones. Electrical equipment like snow blowers and the lawn mower should be stored in a safe place with the safety controls activated.
  3. Use a garage exhaust fan. If you find that your garage has high humidity levels than it’s important to ventilate with a garage exhaust fan.  An intensely humid garage can provide the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth which can be harmful to your health. Yes, an exhaust fan will help reduce the build-up and reduce condensation.
  4. Maintain your garage door. There has been a number of injuries contributed to garage doors. You should make sure that the springs and brackets are in working order because you don’t want the door to fall on your car or on you when opening and closing.
  5. Keep a fire extinguisher handy. Garage fires are a common occurrence. Therefore you should make sure that you keep the fire extinguisher handy in a place where it can be easily accessed by anyone within the household.
  6. Install a carbon monoxide detector.  If you don’t already have one, it’s a good idea to install a carbon monoxide detector in the garage. Carbon monoxide is deadly and odorless. Since there are often toxic fumes in the garage, you’ll need to take measures to protect yourself.


Now is a great time to review and implement these 6 garage safety checks.