Is it important to have adequate ventilation in your home? Absolutely, whether you’re a renter or a homeowner, good ventilation is important for your health and your comfort. Not only that, but it’s critical for maintaining the integrity of your home’s structure.
When you have poor airflow in a home, it can lead to a number of unwanted situations. When you cook fish for example, the questionable odor can linger in the house for much longer than it should. When you take showers, the moisture and heat can damage the bathroom’s ceiling, walls and flooring. This alone can lead to the development of toxic mold that can lead to costly damage and health problems to household members.
One of the key reasons why ventilation is so important, is it controls the degree of moisture in a home. When a home has adequate airflow, it means that the walls, flooring and wood inside the house can all stay dry. When wood or drywall are exposed to excessive amounts of moisture, it leads to the development of mold, rotting and the need for costly repairs.
Signs & Symptoms of Mold
If inadequate ventilation leads to mold in your home, it can affect you physically. The signs and symptoms of exposer to mold spores include sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, postnasal drip, cough, itchy nose and throat, watery and itchy eyes, and dry skin. While some mold allergy symptoms are mild, others are severe, especially in infants, young children, and people with weakened immune symptoms or asthma.
“If your indoor humidity is higher than 50 percent, you may have increased exposure to mold in your home,” reports the Mayo Clinic. “Mold can grow virtually anywhere if the conditions are right – in basements, behind walls in framing, on soap-coated grout and other damp surfaces, in carpet pads, and in the carpet itself.”
The three main ways to ventilate a home:
- Through natural ventilation; for example, from windows and doors.
- Exhaust fans installed in high-moisture areas, such as the kitchen and bathrooms.
- Air ducts installed throughout a home.
To discuss the ventilation in your home and what can be done to improve your indoor air quality, contact Green Home Solutions to meet with one of our Cleveland HVAC technicians.