You walk into a room and are immediately assaulted with the musty, stale odor of stagnant air. In cases like this, it is easy to see—or, rather, smell—how improper ventilation can create an air quality issue.
The problem of inadequate ventilation has increased in recent years. In pursuit of energy efficiency, many modern homes are designed to be airtight, trapping pollutants and allergens. As a result, these homes are chocked off from much-needed fresh outside air.
Here are three reasons to ensure proper ventilation in your home.
Volatile Organic Compounds
These dangerous chemicals are emitted from thousands of everyday building materials, cleaners, and furniture into your home. They can lead to serious health concerns marked by respiratory issues, headaches, and neurological symptoms. Since it is nearly impossible to avoid VOCs in your home, the best way to prevent the buildup of the gasses is to provide proper ventilation.
Moisture and Mold
Without proper ventilation, a house can quickly suffer from too much moisture in the air. This is especially true in hot, humid climates where moisture is prevalent. The Department of Energy ranks air movement as the most efficient method of conducting moisture.
Odors and Allergens
Odors and allergens such as dust and dander can cause irritation and quickly lower air quality in your home. Properly venting these to the outside can help increase the air quality in your home and the comfort of your family.
Excess moisture and odors can be removed from specific areas of your home, such as bathrooms and kitchens, by using spot ventilation and exhaust fans. Whole building ventilation systems can help improve air quality throughout your entire home and are an ideal ventilation solution in today’s well-sealed energy-efficient homes.
Bottom line: Canoga Park Heating & Air Conditioning is happy to discuss your ventilation options. To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call (818) 348-4768.