The "V" in "HVAC" stands for ventilation. While you might spend more time thinking about your the heating and cooling aspects of your home's HVAC system, the ventilation aspect is important, too. Ensuring that air is properly cycled in, out and throughout your home offers a few important health and comfort benefits.
Proper Moisture Levels
Condensation forms when humid air is cooled. The moisture that settles out of the air can accumulate on surfaces, leading to mold and mildew, peeling wallpaper, and even structural damage to wood. Proper ventilation and HVAC system control helps keep humidity levels in check so you don't have to worry so much about condensation and moisture damage.
If you're a health and wellness junkie, you've certainly heard of VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. These compounds are emitted from products like paint, carpet, furniture and cleaners. They can be harmful in high concentrations, but proper ventilation helps disperse them, keeping your indoor air cleaner and healthier.
Dispersion of Allergens
Have you ever noticed that during the winter, your indoor allergies to things like mold spores and dust mites act up? That's because most homes are closed off and poorly ventilated in the winter. Improving your home's ventilation system will help disperse these allergens, alleviating these symptoms. The proper filters will remove both indoor allergens and outdoor allergens (like pollen) from the air, so you don't have to face each morning with itchy eyes and a scratchy throat.
Protection from Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that can be released when fuels are burned. If your furnace isn't properly ventilated, these fumes may end up in your home, leading to side effects like nausea, headaches, confusion and death. This is why it's so vitally important that you never attempt to repair your furnace vent system on your own. A simple mistake could be deadly.
If you're having problems like moisture buildup or indoor allergies, it may be time to have things looked over by an HVAC technician. Get in touch with P.K. Wadsworth to schedule your appointment today.