Home Ventilation In Four Ways
You’re living in a home that has no form of ventilation except opening windows and doors whenever the need arises. So you may be wondering as to why there is a need to install a ventilation system.
Reasons To Ventilate Your House
1. Reduce condensation buildup. Once the air in your house becomes too humid and dense, it can no longer hold in moisture. This is when condensation begins to form, leading to problems such as mold and mildew.
2. Allergens will be properly filtered out. Opening a window or door does not always ensure that the allergens in your home will get out. Without proper ventilation, it is easy for allergens such as pollen to increase in number and become trapped in your home. A proper home ventilation system will ensure that allergens do not get the chance to fester and grow, thus making the air clearer and cleaner for those suffering from allergies.
3. Poor ventilation can lead to musty, damp conditions which lead to respiratory conditions for those suffering from asthma. Also, proper ventilation can aid in reducing mites which cause a number of issues such as itching, breathing problems and skin conditions.
Ways In Which You Can Ventilate Your Home
1. Natural ventilation. This type of ventilation involves modifying particular features of the house that help in bringing in fresh air. An example of this is a solar chimney which allows for air to be heated by the sun, allowing it to rise up through the chimney. As a result, the pressure within the house is lowered, allowing fresh air to be drawn in.
2. Supply-only ventilation. This form of ventilation involves supplying fresh air into the house through fans placed in strategic areas. This system allows for fresh air to be delivered to one area of the house, or the whole house through air vents. However, the system does not provide for a means for musty damp air to be expelled. It relies on air leakage sites throughout the house, such as cracks, to expel the stale air.
3. Exhaust-only ventilation. The opposite of supply-only, this form of ventilation involves expelling stale air, and relying on natural means for clean air to be drawn into the house. Exhaust fans are usually placed in parts of the house with a lot of moisture, such as the kitchen and bathroom, and are run either alternately or continuously. Once this moist air is drawn out, fresh air can be drawn in.
4. Balanced ventilation. This is a combination of supply and exhaust-only ventilation systems. This type involves creating airflow of stale damp air out and clean dry air in. This type of system offers control in determining where exactly the clean air is coming from, where it is being delivered and where the stale air is being expelled.