In our many years of experience, we have found that many people have no idea why proper home ventilation is so important. We recommend you keep reading to learn about the importance of home ventilation and air quality and then call Econo West at 661-947-2653 if we can be of help.
- Ventilation Controls the Fresh Air Source
- Ventilation Has a Lot to Do with Humidity and Moisture
- Ventilation Can Help with Energy Efficiency
- Ventilation Can Reduce VOC Impact
In certain types of ventilation systems, such as those that are mechanical in nature, you have the option to control where the outside air comes from. This type of system works with a fan that can be installed away from common pollutants. For example, if you live on a busy street, it could be installed so that the air comes from the backyard – not the potentially pollution-filled street in front of you.
In order to keep your home at a comfortable temperature is to work to control the humidity and moisture levels within your home. If you have high humidity and high moisture, not only can your home be uncomfortable, but it can cause wood to rut and can even cause structural damage. In the worst-case scenario, it could even cause biological growth. On the other hand, low levels of humidity can cause static electricity and dry skin.
One step people take to keep their homes more energy efficient is to seal them. While this does work, it often has a negative side effect – the sealing of the home prevents air from circulating. This can lead to poor indoor air quality. The good news is that there are options, such as energy recovery ventilators. They can help boost energy efficiency by removing heat and humidity from the air that’s going out to the incoming fresh air. This reduces the load on your HVAC system, too.
Volatile Organic Compounds, better known these days as VOCs, can result in short-term issues like shortness of breath, headaches, and nausea, but they can do even more damage in the long term. They have been tied to liver damage, central nervous system issues, and kidney damage. They come from various aerosol sprays, cleaning solutions, and perfumes. Proper ventilation can help reduce their concentration.
If you have questions about the air quality or ductwork in your home, please contact Econo West at 661-947-2653 to request a free legal consultation.