Not very often do we stop and think of the air around us, but proper airflow and ventilation are critical when making your home a healthy living environment. Having the correct airflow allows you and your family to be healthier and get rid of pets, cooking, and other unwanted smells in your home. There are many benefits to having proper ventilation in your home, but concern for your health is the most important reason to have good airflow.
Moisture Control and Mold
A large reason why airflow is important is that it helps to prevent mold. Proper ventilation and airflow affect how moisture acts in your home. Adequate ventilation will keep your wood fixtures, floors, and walls dry at all times of the year. If these elements are exposed to moisture without proper airflow, mold and mildew will build up, causing major health problems now and in the future. Black mold is caused by moisture build-up and can cost you thousands of dollars in repairs and medical bills.
Signs and symptoms that mold and mildew problems may be in your home include:
Irritation to the eyes, throat, and nose
Along with these issues, mold damage can also compromise your immune system, making it weaker over time. A weaker immune system will make it harder for your body to fight off illnesses such as the common cold or flu. If the mold problems are not taken care of, over time, the mold in your home will cause damage to your lungs and can even cause asthma.
Moisture also damages the structural integrity of your home. Damp and rotting wood does not hold up and support the walls as well as dry, properly ventilated wood does. The wood around doors, windows, and inside the walls will start decaying and become damaged. The damaged areas will allow outside elements to enter the house, such as rain and moisture. These can, in turn, cause more mold and mildew problems.
Avoiding These Problems
The best way to avoid mold and structural problems are by having a proper filtration and ventilation system in place. A good filtration system will filter out airborne particles which can be hazardous to your health and cost thousands of dollars in damage.
A HEPA system is an even better option, as it is top of the line. These come with a three-stage filtration system allowing most of the particles to be removed. Ultraviolet lights can also be put into this system to help kill viruses, bacteria, and mold. Often, once people have proper ventilation systems installed in their homes, they notice a large improvement in their respiratory symptoms.
R&D Indoor Comfort provides air quality services to residents to help airflow and ventilation in the home. Our systems are world-class and can help make your home healthier, smell better, and stronger. Once our systems are installed, you will notice a large difference in the air quality of your home. Give us a call for an air quality consultation today, and check out our green, energy-efficient options!