If you spend quite a bit of time at home, you need to make sure your indoor air quality is at its best. This will help you avoid health and comfort problems, and keep you breathing easy. Ventilation is one way to help keep your air clean, as it can help prevent the accumulation of indoor pollutants.
The air within a home that is too tightly sealed is often more polluted than the outdoor air. Natural ventilation allows you to increase the air exchange rate, the rate that outdoor air replaces indoor air. An equal exchange of air helps prevent the level of indoor pollutants from rising. Installing a whole-house ventilation system that works with your HVAC equipment to supply fresh air before it’s conditioned and exhaust old, stale air is a one effective way to keep a home well ventilated.
Ventilation is particularly useful in your attic. Because it is a dark area, if it gets damp at all, it becomes a perfect place for mold to grow. Mold quickly becomes airborne and can wreak havoc on your respiratory system. By creating natural flow of air in the attic, you can keep the humidity down and help dry out any moisture. To do so, replace the covers on your attic’s soffits with ridged vents to create airflow without worrying about letting in the elements.
Many kitchen and bathroom fans simply recirculate the air. This actually makes it easier for pollutants to spread through your home. By switching to exhaust fans, dirty air is deposited outside the home, ridding your air of contaminants.
Changing air filters regularly also helps improve indoor air quality. When too much dust accumulates on a filter, air isn’t able to flow through it: the filter becomes less efficient at capturing particles and more contaminants are allowed to circulate. Replace filters every month to ensure efficiency.
For more information about how ventilation can help improve your indoor air quality, contact Stack Heating & Cooling. Our friendly staff can also discuss other ventilation strategies as well. We have been providing residents of the Greater Cleveland area with comfort solutions since 1976.
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