Signs Of Common Home Ventilation Problems
Good ventilation is important… Whether you’re buying a new home or taking care of the one you’re in now. Good ventilation is important because it helps protect your health and your home. Good ventilation is as critical to your comfort and safety as a reliable heating system, a smoke alarm, or a dry basement.
Good ventilation in the home protects you, your family, your pets and your guests from unpleasant odors, irritating pollutants, and potentially dangerous gases like carbon monoxide and radon. Well-planned ventilation also prevents the growth of mold and mildew, which can cause or aggravate allergic reactions and lung problems such as asthma.
Good ventilation protects your home from damage by eliminating excess moisture from the air. Too much moisture rots window sills and attic eaves, peels paint, and invites insect infestation. Damp insulation in walls and ceilings means lost heat, higher fuel bills, and destructive mold growth. Carpeting, wallpaper, electronic equipment, and furniture all can be damaged by excess moisture.
Ventilation means fresh air, and is responsible for the circulation and exchange of gases in the lungs. Ventilation supplies fresh air to your home and dilutes or removes stale air.
There are many ways this can happen. For example:
1. Opening windows to air out your home can supply fresh outdoor air that dilutes stale indoor air.
2. Turning on the fan over the kitchen range or in the bathroom removes odors and moisture.
3. Other common examples of home ventilation include chimneys, which remove combustion gases, and clothes dryer fans, which exhaust warm, moist air and chemicals from laundry soaps.
How do you know if you have a ventilation problem?
- You notice the sour smell of garbage from a trash can; a musty, gym-like smell coming from the bedroom walls; or mold or mildew in closets, or on ceilings or exterior walls?
- You see condensation on the inside of your windows
- Your eyes feel irritated when you’re at home
These are a few of the conditions may be signs of home ventilation problems.