When you are at home resting, it is important that the air you breathe is safe and healthy. There are many elements in the air such as vapor and gases from chemicals used in the home that contaminate the air and make it unhealthy.
It is therefore important to have a home ventilation system that allows your home to bring in fresh air and expel contaminated air. If your home is insulated, ventilation will ensure that pollutants in the air that are harmful to the health and that can damage the house are not trapped inside.
Why Should You Ventilate The Home?
There is a lot of warm air in the home and once it comes into contact with a cold surface, the air condenses into a liquid. This warm air therefore condenses on the ceilings and walls, which encourages the growth of mold. The home can also get damaged due to wood rot and insulation gets spoilt.
When the home is very humid, the equipment used to cool the home have to work much more, which means your energy bills will increase. There are also a combination of gases in the air that come from fireplaces, stoves and cleaning agents which are harmful to the health.
Types Of Home Ventilation
There are various methods used for home ventilation. The natural ventilation method is where there is free movement of air in and out of the house from doors, windows and cracks. There is also mechanical ventilation that uses fans and vents to bring in fresh air and get rid of stale air from the home. There are two types of mechanical ventilation – the spot ventilation and the whole house ventilation systems.
What Is Spot Ventilation?
A spot ventilation system is one that controls the flow of air by the use of exhaust fans that are placed in specific areas in the home. These fans get rid of moisture and contaminants from the surrounding area. Exhaust fans are normally found in bathrooms and kitchens. For homes that use the natural ventilation method, spot ventilation can be used to increase the effectiveness of air movement in the home.
Whole House Ventilation
A whole house ventilation system provides ventilation to the entire home. The ventilation is the same throughout the house and is also controlled. There are different types of whole house ventilation systems. An exhaust ventilation system is one that reduces air pressure in the home by getting rid of stale air. Clean fresh air then comes into the home through vents and cracks. The system has a single fan that is connected to ducts from different rooms in the home and that gets rid of the stale air through an exhaust point.
A supply ventilation system makes use of a fan that creates pressure in the home. This causes outside air to come into the building through vents and holes in the home. There is also the balanced ventilation system that brings in fresh air from outside and expels stale air. The system normally has two systems, each with a fan and a duct. Normally, fresh air is supplied to living rooms and bedrooms, and air expelled from the kitchen and bathrooms.