Good ventilation is very important in any home, helping to ensure that indoor air remains healthy and comfortable for your home’s occupants by working to prevent the buildup of pollutants, odors and humidity inside the home. While good airflow is important throughout your home, there are specific areas that need the most ventilation.
Areas where effective ventilation is especially important include those where moisture-producing appliances and fixtures are used. Bathrooms, for instance, as your morning shower fills the air with steam. Laundry room clothes washers and dryers add moisture to the air as they operate as well, as does your kitchen range as you cook and your dishwasher as it works to clean your dishes.
Keeping these areas well-ventilated to combat that moisture is important to your comfort, since humid air can make your home feel cold and damp during the cold season and hot and steamy in summer weather. Additionally, excessive levels of moisture in your home can affect indoor air quality by promoting the growth of mold and mildew, as that moisture seeps into walls, flooring, carpets and furnishings. Mold releases spores into the air as it grows, and breathing in these spores can be irritating, especially for people with allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues.
That said, moisture is not the only concern when it comes to home comfort and indoor air quality. Other concerns include volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, which are pollutants that come from household chemicals and furnishings, combustion gases from gas-fueled furnaces, water heaters or ranges and allergens and irritants, such as dust, dust mites and pollen. For this reason, a balanced, whole-house ventilation system, which offers controlled exhaust of stale indoor air and moisture along with a controlled influx of fresh air, is generally recommended as the best means to ensure home comfort and healthy indoor air.
For more information on effective and efficient home ventilation, please contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve been providing comfort, peace of mind and healthy environments for our customers in and around Grand Traverse County for more than 35 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about ventilation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.
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