Most of us spend 90% of our time indoors, much of it where we live. So our health is hugely influenced by the air we breath in our homes. Good home ventilation can help ensure the health of your home and family. Here’s how:
1) Proper Ventilation Reduces Condensation
This helps prevent mold and mildew from forming in the home, and keeps the humidity down, which is both more comfortable and more healthy.
2) Decreases VOC Concentrations & Radon Gas Levels
High concentrations of VOCs (which come from household chemicals and furnishings) and Radon (gas which is a naturally occurring carcinogen) can occur in a home that is not properly ventilated. Both of these are very detrimental to your health at high levels. Northern Virginia has many areas where Radon levels are high, and home ventilation in these areas needs to be adequate to ensure these levels are kept in the healthy range.
3) Proper Ventilation Reduces Airborne Allergens
Improperly ventilated spaces tend to trap airborne allergens such as pollen, dust, and other irritants, where they become concentrated. Proper ventilation can effectively help to reduce allergens by diluting the concentrated air and removing large allergen particles. This helps make your indoor air much more comfortable for allergy sufferers.
4) Creates Positive Pressure.
If the air pressure inside of your home is lower than the pressure outside of the home, outside are will be pulled inside. This is called negative pressure, and it allows unhealthy airborne contaminants to be sucked into your home. A positive pressure situation, which can be created using proper ventilation, ensures that air from inside the house is pulled outside, further helping with dilution of your indoor air and preventing dangerous buildups of combustable gases and carbon monoxide, among other airborne contaminants.