Most homeowners understand the value of a properly functioning and efficient HVAC unit, however, the importance of ventilation is often ignored. You have probably heard that ventilation is critical for the health of your family and home, but exactly how important is it? And in what ways?
Here are four ways proper ventilation benefits your health and your home.
Minimizes carbon dioxide levels
A poorly ventilated space will build up carbon dioxide over time. Signs of carbon dioxide buildup include headaches, lethargy, and brain fog. The air you breathe needs to have just the right amount of oxygen for your body to function. This is especially critical for children’s development and wellbeing. Removing stale air and replacing it with fresh outdoor air is the way to keep oxygen levels up.
Combined with a clean, functioning furnace filter, ventilation is the best HVAC defense you have against allergen buildup in your home. If you have pets, you might need to increase your ventilation to compensate for anyone sensitive to dander. If a member of your household suffers from allergies, talk to a professional about the level of ventilation recommended to reduce irritants in the air.
Lowers volatile organic compound (VOC) levels
Volatile organic compounds are invisible gases produced by chemicals used in your home’s construction, furniture, or other items. It is not realistic to completely rid your home of VOC sources, but proper ventilation allows you to lower your exposure to these toxic substances.
Prevents moisture buildup from damaging your home
Poor ventilation does not just affect your health. It also can damage your home. Besides staying safe from toxic gases and allergens that can make you sick, poor ventilation can cause the humidity levels inside your house to get too high. This can result in damage to surfaces, such as walls. High humidity can cause paint to peel and drywall to soften and disintegrate. In addition, excess moisture can cause the wood inside walls to rot and flooring to warp. Rather than deal with premature home repairs, ensure that ventilation is at the right levels to prevent it.
If you need help keeping your home and family safe and healthy with proper ventilation, give us a call or schedule service online.