Ventilation is going to happen in Rochester Hills and Shelby Township homes one way or another. The question is, will it happen in the right way in your home? Will indoor pollutants, moisture and even mold bottle up in your home because stale air isn’t exhausted efficiently? Will outdoor contaminants be pulled into the house through unsealed cracks and leaks? Will you lose energy through those same cracks and leaks, as conditioned air escapes the building?
Proper ventilation is a key element in a healthy, efficient household, but it doesn’t happen overnight.
First, you need to ensure you’re not losing expensive conditioned air. Seal air leaks around your house, which are usually found where several building materials come together. Doors, window frames and pipe penetrations are all common locations. You can seal leaks with weatherstripping and caulk, and you can use spray foam for the larger gaps.
Once you’ve put a plug in uncontrollable leaks, you can go about proper ventilation in a controlled, healthy manner. You need to ensure moisture doesn’t accumulate inside your building, reaching unhealthy levels. This can foster mold growth. A tightly-sealed building can also lead to a high concentration of contaminants like:
- Fumes from cleaners and chemicals
- Off-gas from construction materials
Proper ventilation ensures the continual exchange of stale, polluted air with fresh, filtered air from the outdoors. One of the best ways to ensure proper ventilation is with a whole-house ventilation system. Some whole-house units can work with existing ductwork, but others are comprehensive systems that include their own ductwork.
Energy recovery ventilators are particularly efficient balanced ventilation systems, because they not only keep indoor and outdoor air cycling, they also control humidity and “recycle” the temperature of outgoing air. This means that in winter, the heat from the used air is retained and “given” to the incoming cold air. Vice versa applies in summer.
If you have questions about achieving proper ventilation in your household, call Aladdin Heating & Cooling. We’ve been serving homeowners in Rochester Hills and Shelby Township since 1945, and we’ll be proud to help keep your home healthy and comfortable.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about ventilation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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