Modern construction techniques that make homes nearly air-tight are great for energy efficiency. These air-tight features that prevent drafts and keep your heat and air conditioning inside can bring a significant decrease in indoor air quality. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the air indoors can often be two to five times worse than outdoor air.
Contributors to poor indoor air quality that results from inadequate ventilation are:
High humidity levels which contribute to mold growth.
Gases emitted from the chemicals in household products, such as paint and cleaners, which can build up and linger.
Dust and debris, bacteria, and other microbes.
Off-gassing from carpeting, tobacco smoke, foam cushions and other irritants.
All of these nuisances raise concerns about health issues, as people living in homes with poor air have more health complaints. Adequate ventilation is the solution to help reduce many of these indoor air polluters.
Several options exist to help improve indoor air quality and help curb the buildup of stale air with the following ventilation tips:
Install exhaust fans. Fans are economical and can be placed in areas that have higher buildups of indoor air pollutants such as the kitchen, bathrooms, and areas occupied by pets. Drawbacks to fans are that they are noisy, running them all of the time is impractical, and they are insufficient for most homes.
Options include exhaust-only ventilators and energy recovery ventilators. Both involve installing equipment, but this is a more permanent solution and they are ultimately more economical and energy-efficient. Both are also quieter than having individual exhaust fans installed throughout your home. Any of the professionals at P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling can walk you through the options and explain the benefits in greater detail.
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