Ventilation helps keep a home clear of moisture, smoke, indoor pollutants, and cooking odors. Structural ventilation controls the heat in the attic and crawl spaces and keeps moisture out of uninsulated walls. Ideally, airflow should not be interrupted so damage to both you and your home is prevented. Read on to find out why ventilation is so important.
When there are a lot of people in a room, whether for work, conference, or social event, the air can become warm and stuffy. Proper ventilation is vital to the health of everyone involved. You might wonder how to use Allergy Guard screens in this case. It’s easy enough to install these at any time. They will filter out most impurities, allergens, and dust so everyone in a room remains healthy and comfortable.
Condensation can be a big problem in many homes. Condensation happens when the temperature drops inside the home, especially at night when the heating is turned off. The air reaches a point where it cannot hold onto the moisture, so that moves to the coolest surfaces, often windows, walls, and behind furniture. Condensation is the most common form of moisture that will easily turn into mold. This can cause black patches, musty smells, and eventually can turn into health problems. Providing adequate ventilation with a condensation control unit will change a stagnant home into a fresh and healthy environment.
Damp and moist homes are a breeding ground for dust mites. Dust mites thrive in homes that are poorly ventilated and darker. When people inhale or breathe the dust mite detritus, it can cause allergic reactions, asthma attacks, eczema, watery eyes, itching, and a runny nose. These allergy issues can be significantly reduced by introducing a ventilation system into a home. In most cases, there is a noticeable difference almost immediately.
Reduce Radon Gas
Parts of the country that contain a lot of granite or other igneous rocks can have a problem with radon gas. This is particularly true in the Southwest and the Eastern Midlands. Radon gas is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that is formed by the decay of uranium that occurs naturally in all rocks and soils. Radon gas goes on to produce Radon’s Daughters, which is another radioactive element that can attach itself to particles of air and then stick to the lungs once they are breathed in. Radon exposure has been linked to 3 to 14% of all cancer cases. There are specific ventilation systems that will help clear any radon gasses out of the home.
Reduces Risk of Backdrafting
If the pressure inside a home is lower than the pressure outside the home, it is considered to have negative pressure. When there is negative pressure, the outdoor air is pulled into the home. This is called backdrafting and can be extremely dangerous when carbon monoxide and other combustion gasses are pulled back through a chimney or another opening and become concentrated. Having a well-ventilated home can help regulate the pressures inside the home and prevent some deadly situations.
Put the health and safety of your family first. For all of the reasons above, consider having a ventilation system installed in your home today. You will likely feel better and protect your home at the same time.