It is never a comforting feeling to walk into your home and smell your air. Stagnant, musty, and stale odors are a sign that your home’s ventilation needs to be improved.
Inadequate ventilation is a problem which has increased with better home building practices and the yearning for more energy-efficient homes. Many modern homes are designed to be airtight, which trap allergens, dust, pollutants, and other contaminants inside. This practice chokes off your home from the fresh air of the outdoors.
Here are three reasons to make sure your home is properly ventilated:
Volatile Organic Compounds
Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals that are released by household cleaners, furniture, and other building materials. VOCs can lead to serious respiratory complications, headaches, and other chronic neurological symptoms. Since VOCs are almost impossible to avoid, the best way to prevent their harmful effects is to provide proper ventilation.
Mold and Moisture
Improperly ventilated homes can fall victim to moisture build-up. This is compounded when you live in extremely hot and humid climates like Southeast Texas. Air movement and proper ventilation are ranked as the most efficient method of conducting moisture by the Department of Energy.
Allergens and Pathogens
Allergens and pathogens such as pet dander, dust, bacteria, and viruses can cause irritation to your eyes, lungs, and skin. Proper ventilation allows these contaminants to be pushed outside and away from your home’s air.
Home Ventilation Options
Remove excess moisture, VOCs, and odors from areas of your home, such as kitchens, laundry rooms, and kitchens using spot exhaust and ventilation fans. Ventilation systems for your entire home are also available to improve indoor air quality. These systems are a great solution for today’s well-sealed energy-efficient homes.