Healthy Home Ventilation Basics
You don’t necessarily have to suffer from asthma, allergies, or other respiratory disorders in order to have concerns about the quality of your interior air. When your home lacks proper ventilation, it can not only cause issues like excessive dust (and dust mites), fire danger, mold, mildew, and other annoyances and potential damage to your structure, but it can also have a negative impact on your health and the health of family members. While those with respiratory issues will likely be the first to suffer in such instances, you obviously don’t want to risk the health of anyone in your home. So installing proper ventilation is a must. And here are just a few basics that will help to ensure a healthy home and breathable air for all.
You should probably start by seeing what condition your current ventilation is in and if it is suitable for your structure. It is very likely that your ventilation is tied in to your central air system, so you could start by calling your HVAC service provider for a consultation. After all, the “V” in HVAC stands for ventilation. You can also find companies that specialize in ventilation equipment, installation, maintenance, and service, and these experts may or may not be more qualified to address your particular concerns. You simply have to decide if you prefer to call a trusted vendor that you have been using for a while or if you would rather hire a specialist to advise you.
There are a few things you’ll want to consider before upgrading your ventilation to make the air quality in your home healthier. If there are inhabitants that suffer from allergies, asthma, and so on, it’s probably a good idea to use a system that features HEPA filters. These products are designed to trap and lock away allergens and other particulates in your interior air, and they are capable of catching particles as small as about 0.3 microns. For comparison, dust particles are generally between 2 and 10 microns in size. They can even trap bacteria!
You should also look into whether you suffer from high humidity levels in your home. Improper ventilation can be a contributing factor where the formation of mold and mildew are concerned, for example, but in addition to increasing your ventilation you will likely need to address a moisture problem in your home. So while you’re installing your new ventilation system, you might want to include a whole-home humidifier for your HVAC system as part of the package.
And you should think about the overall energy efficiency of your home, as well. Any time you’re venting interior air outside and drawing fresh air into your home, you could be losing expensive heated and cooled air in the process. With a product like a heat recovery ventilator in place, you can reduce waste and keep your energy bill down even as you improve your indoor air quality. So before you call Jack T. Carter Company or your local HVAC service provider in search of ventilation, heating, and air conditioning tips, think about what you hope to accomplish. This will help to ensure that you get the ventilation system that is right for your home, your family, and your health.