How Do I Know If I Have A Ventilation Problem?
The micro-organisms that degrade our indoor air quality are uniquely adapted to exploit the micro-climates that develop around our on-demand HVAC systems. Many times you can't see them!
Simple ventilation strategies help move air gently throughout the home helping your home breathe better. The system helps address the ambient moisture (relative humidity) micro-organisms need to thrive plus improving air quality throughout the entire home at the same time. We have found that your HVAC system (in many homes) actually runs better with our low-voltage energy efficient ventilation systems.
Think Your House Will Benefit from Better Ventilation?
Every home is unique from the era it was built in to the specifics a particular builder used. From older dwellings to newer “Energy Efficient” homes, all houses can benefit from improved ventilation. But a cardboard box taped to a box fan is more of a "fire hazard" than a ventilation improvement.
Need More Information About Ventilation?
Ventilation systems are becoming more-and-more common where the EPA even recommends improving ventilation in homes.
The concept of ventilation is simple. Execution can be a struggle. Let one of our Environmental Advisors walk you through the basics and help you develop your customized ventilation strategy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Of course. But if you can wipe the grill cover off at the bottom of the unit and make sure the vent cover outside stays free of debris once or twice a year you can handle it.
Yes. Ventilation is a key component of any central Heating and Cooling system. Unfortunately, ventilation often isn't addressed as adequately. We have found that ventilating the basement not only improves IAQ in the basement but improves it for the entire home by breaking the "Stack Effect." As air warms up it rises which inevitably pulls air up from the crawl space and the basement. As the air cools it falls creating a tight circuit. By ventilating the basement you actually "break the stack effect" and only circulate good conditioned air.
Yes, garages are often non-conditioned spaces full of all sorts of paints, thinners, gasoline cans, car exhaust, etc. Venting these VOC's out of the home keep them from migrating into the home and benefit greatly from being ventilated.
Many times the air in rooms that are not used a lot tend to stagnate. To help keep air circulating think of changing the door to a "slotted door" or by adding "passive air vents" in the wall to allow for air to turn over easier.
Buildings often off-gas Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) tied to the types of building materials. Experts like the EPA agree that building air is some of the most polluted air we breathe. Ventilation helps dilute these VOC's and allows for fresh oxygenated air to be brought in to replace the air that has been depleted by the building occupants. We all need a good supply of clean, fresh air to survive.
Ventilation is often overlooked during house builds and remodels, but as science evolves, we realize just how important clean air is to our health and home. Using a proper ventilation system keeps your family safe from contaminants and illnesses. Additionally, you’ll improve your energy efficiency and reduce indoor air pollution.
According to the FDA, ignoring your home’s ventilation can actually lead to:
- The spread of influenza
- Asthma symptoms
- Viral infections
- And potentially some kinds of cancer
Poor ventilation also causes your home to deteriorate faster, which can have negative financial effects and impact your resale value later on.