A Breath of Fresh Air! – Get the right ventilation for your Home.

Energy efficient can be attained by ensuring that no air is leaking out of your home. Approximately 25-40% of your heat is lost due to air leaks. However, ventilation is very crucial for your home. It allows for exchange of air between you home and the great outdoors.

A properly ventilated house will not accumulate any indoor pollutants (formaldehyde, radon etc ), moisture or odors.  If these are not allowed to escape they can cause serious health problems like exhaustion, respiratory disorders and headaches.  Excessive moisture can lead to mold growth and even structural damage.

So there are 3 basic forms of home ventilations

-          Natural

-          Spot

-          Whole House

You would most likely require a contractor to install the more complicated systems, but this is so that you can make an informed decision about the type of ventilation your house needs.

  • Natural

Check the outside temperature. If comfortable, open the windows and doors. Let the air in. Let the air out.  Natural ventilation

  • Spot

This basically involves turning on a fans in kitchens and bathrooms for appropriate ventilation.

  • Whole House

This is when you would need to hire a contractor to install the system. You would begin by first selecting the right type of system. Consult with the contractor.

Vents will need to be installed in all rooms. Use existing ducts to save on cost. Seal all ducts to ensure that there are no air leaks.

Apart from this there are a few more things that you have to keep in mind.

  1. These systems are generally unpredictable. It’s almost impossible to have a uniformly ventilated house.
  2. Incoming air is not filtered for pollen, moisture and other pollutants.
  3. Regular maintenance is needed to avoid overall deterioration of parts by mold and bacteria.
  4. Make sure your contractor is highly skilled that is prepared with detailed descriptions of duct design and the installation process.

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