Ventilation – Your Weapon Against Moisture, Mold, and Heat
Today’s new construction homes are often models of energy efficiency. Whether you’re building a new home from the ground up, or remodeling an existing structure, chances are that energy efficiency is playing a large role in the planning process.
That’s great news for your home, your wallet, and the planet. At least, that’s the case on the surface. Unfortunately, unless you’re also paying close attention to the ventilation needs of your home while making these plans, it may not be all that great for any of these things. More importantly, it could be detrimental to your health.
Poor ventilation inside the home leads to a wide range of problems related to poor indoor air quality, moisture retention, heat retention, and even the dreaded “M” word – mold! Ventilation is a critical factor at removing these things and so much more from inside your home.
Problems Arising from Inadequate Ventilation
Did you know that the EPA considers indoor air quality one of the top five environmental risks to public health? Americans spend a great amount of time indoors and very few are even aware of how dangerous the air inside their homes can be.
Indoor air in today’s tightly sealed homes creates an atmosphere that’s filled with allergens, dust, mold, pet dander, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde, radon, and more.
Ventilation makes all the difference in the world for removing these toxins from the air inside your home.
Moisture is another big problem thatadequate ventilation addresses. Water that’s allowed to remain in your home unchecked for any length of time can prove incredibly problematic. It’s not just mold and mildew, which are problematic enough in their own rights. It’s also the damage and rot that water leaves behind.
Don’t forget about heat. In a perfect world, the air temperature inside your attic would be about the same as it is outside. However, we live in an imperfect world filled with mitigating circumstances. Under the California sun, for example, attic temperatures can really soar, which then heats your home and also causes greater wear on the integrity of your roof in addition to damaging your shingles.
How to Properly Ventilate Your Home
Many homes have bathroom and kitchen vent fans that pull the moisture out of their respective rooms. However, that isn’t enough to properly ventilate a home. More importantly, it overlooks one of the critical components necessary for proper ventilation.
In order to properly ventilate a home, you must do more than remove the stale, toxin-filled air. You must also replace the air with fresh air from the outside to replace the old.
That’s why whole house fans are so critical. Garage exhaust fans and attic fans both have their roles to play when ventilating a home, as do kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans, but the whole house fan is the glue that makes it work because it draws new, breathable air into the home.
Now is the time to wage war against mold, moisture, heat and more inside your home.
A whole house fan is your secret weapon to win that war. Contact us today at 1.888.229.5757 to discuss all the benefits a whole house fan can bring to you and your home.