Ventilation helps your home rid itself of moisture, smoke, cooking odors, and indoor pollutants. ... One of the main reasons ventilation is so important is because it controls how much moisture is lingering in your home. Without a ventilation system in place, you have no control of the air flow in your home.
Ventilation refers to the exchange of indoor and outdoor air. Without proper ventilation, an otherwise insulated and airtight house will seal in harmful pollutants, such as carbon monoxide, and moisture that can damage a house. Proper ventilation helps keep a home energy-efficient, safe, and healthy.
There are many ways to circulate air through the home and make things more comfortable. The obvious thing is to open window and doors and use circulating fans but this is not practical all year long. Circulating air inside the home is crucial to improve overall comfort and installing ceiling fans making sure all vents are clear of any obstructions can serve to make rooms more comfortable.
A well-suited ventilation system should act to remove condensation from the home. Introducing adequate ventilation, with a condensation control unit, gently ventilates the home from a central position such as the landing to transform a stagnant and stale atmosphere into a fresh, healthy and condensation free environment.
Did you know that damp and moldy conditions can be major triggers for asthma? An effective ventilation system can filter out larger particles, such as pollen, preventing them from entering the home. A constant supply of filtered fresh air entering the home can also help to control pollutants in the indoor atmosphere, which can have a positive impact on health.
Volatile Organic Compounds - or VOCs as they are often known – are invisible gases that can lead to many health problems in the home. Studies show that there are up to 900 chemicals in indoor air, with negative side-effects much more common in properties without adequate ventilation. In fact, figures from the Environmental Protection Agency show the air inside homes could be 70 per cent more polluted than it is outdoors! Homeowners can take steps to protect themselves and their families by installing an effective ventilation system fitted to constantly introduce clean, fresh air from the outside to dilute and control VOCs in the home.
Since the average person spends 70% of their time indoors it is important to take measures to make the air in your home healthy. Good ventilation in the home helps you avoid the issues associated with poor air quality and a good home inspector that is also a certified indoor air consultant like Andrew Winnard at Old Line Home Inspections can help. If you have any questions please contact us at (410) 236-3027 or click here to schedule an appointment.
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