Boost Your Health With Better Ventilation
Did you know that improving ventilation in your home is a great way to help your whole household enjoy better health? The U.S. Department of Energy states that without proper ventilation, harmful pollutants and moisture can be damaging to both the house and homeowner’s health.
How Better Ventilation Can Improve Your Health
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In poorly ventilated homes, a buildup of combustible gases can occur from appliances such as stoves and fireplaces. Without natural ventilation or mechanical ventilation (provided by HVAC systems), a home can incur high levels of humidity and moisture that could produce mold. These gases and mold, along with trapped outdoor pollutants and allergens, can have a drastic effect on a household’s respiratory health.
By understanding the different types of home ventilation and investing in a better ventilation system, you can not only reduce the levels of dampness that can damage your home but also reduce the risk of health issues within the household.
How can homeowners improve ventilation within their homes, reduce health issues, and lower the need to repair moisture or mold damage?
Avoid Moisture Problems
One of the main contributors to moisture in a home is condensation. When moist air travels across a cold surface such as a wall, the moisture can condense and turn to water. This buildup of water or condensation can have adverse problems on building structure and ventilation, causing wood rot to structured beams and mold.
A solution to reducing condensation is to eliminate or reduce the incoming moist air. This can be done by stopping air leaks. To do this, test your home for air tightness and seal all air-leakage paths using caulk, weatherstrips, or foam sealant. Follow this guide for more tips on sealing your home.
Invest in Mechanical Ventilation Installation
With spot ventilation, you can locally control air movement in areas prone to moisture and pollutant buildup. This is done by installing ceiling fans to circulate air around your home and exhaust fans to remove air moisture in wet areas.
Putting in an HVAC system is highly beneficial to the reduction of pollutants and moisture. Ensuring that an HVAC installation is complete with a specified MERV filter is essential. The filter keeps outside pollutants, allergens, and moisture out of your home.
Install Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV)
Heat recovery ventilators reduce humidity and pollutants within the home. This is done by replacing stale air with fresh warm air. An HRV system uses two fans and a built-in “Air-to-Air” heat exchanger to warm incoming cold moist air and turn it into a fresh warm air supply, reducing humidity and controlling condensation. By using stale warm home exhaust air to heat the plates of the heat exchanger, it then heats the incoming fresh air without the two air streams ever mixing.
This allows an HRV system to recover up to five times more energy than it uses to operate, reducing household costs.
Improving ventilation in your home not only reduces the risk of damage to the home itself, but it also has huge health benefits for each member of the household. Therefore, better ventilation is essential to boosting health within a home.