Tightly sealed homes can be extremely energy efficient and comfortable. Without proper ventilation, however, the environment within these homes can become unpleasant or even toxic. Here are some factors that help explain the importance of ventilation for a healthy home.
Ventilation produces a continual flow of air that removes stale air from inside the home while bringing in fresh air from the outside. Proper ventilation helps remove airborne contaminants that can make you and your family uncomfortable or sick, such as dust, pollen, animal dander, viruses, mold and bacteria. Ventilation prevents the buildup of harmful gases such as carbon monoxide, an invisible but deadly gas produced as a by-product of combustion, such as the burning of fuel in your heating system. Ventilation also removes moisture from the inside of your home, which helps limit the growth of mold, bacteria and insects.
Two of the most reliable ways to increase ventilation in your home are:
- Opening doors and windows – The simplest way to increase ventilation is to open doors and windows. This should be done only when outdoor temperatures are mild, humidity levels are low, and outdoor air is relatively free of pollen and other contaminants.
- Installing whole-house ventilation systems – These devices are designed to produce adequate ventilation for your whole home. They’re usually installed in an attic and provide an ongoing exchange of indoor and outdoor air. Energy-recovery ventilators are useful in well-sealed homes since they recover an appreciable amount of heating and cooling from outgoing air.
Residential construction customers in Boston and the surrounding areas in Massachusetts can rely on Sage Builders LLC for professional residential design, building and renovation services. Contact us today for more information on the importance of ventilation for a healthy home and how to achieve the level of ventilation your home needs.
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