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What a Well Ventilated Home Means

The best ventilation system can dilute or eliminate pollutant sources and filter air to remove unwanted particulates from a home.
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Friday, June 19, 2015 - 10:00am

CAMPAIGN: Indoor Air Quality

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Mechanical ventilation provides a critical component in the health of the home. If the HVAC system is analogous to a human heart, cooling or heating the home the same way blood can cool and heat the body, then ventilation is similar to the lungs of your home. Without air systematically supporting the body with oxygen and exhausting the carbon monoxide the human body would not function in a healthy manner. The same is true for ventilation in the home; health is the main driver in any home ventilation plan.

The best ventilation system can dilute or eliminate pollutant sources and filter air to remove unwanted particulates from a home. Pollutants such as smoke, dust, heat, metals, humidity, and CO2 accumulate in a poorly vented building. Good ventilation means providing good indoor air quality. A well-designed ventilation system also saves energy, controls moisture, and improves the durability of the home.

Biological pollutants, to some degree, are found in all homes. These include things like mold, mildew, pollen, dust mites, pet dander, viruses, and bacteria. These biological pollutants stack up in places like bathrooms or basements, and can even hide out in wall cavities. Accumulation of biological pollutants results in hazardous health effects for the occupants, as well as structural damage to the building. As people spend more time in their homes, the rise in the rate of asthma and respiratory illnesses has also increased.

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CAMPAIGN: Indoor Air Quality

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