Whole Home Ventilation: What is It and How Can I Improve It?

Your Home Needs Air.

You may not realize it, but many of your daily activities impact the air inside your home.

Showering, cooking, and washing dishes creates excess moisture. Cleaning products and aerosols pollute the air with chemicals. And we brush up with allergens on our furniture, bedding, and even our pets.

Because modern homes are so well-insulated, they trap humidity, pollutants, and allergens indoors. Over time, these airborne issues cause big problems.

Without proper ventilation, moisture and contaminants linger in the air, encouraging mold and bacteria growth. Worse, prolonged exposure to moisture causes wood to rot, which damages the structure of your home. Chemical contaminants harm your respiratory health, while allergens can trigger allergic reactions.

That’s why home ventilation is important.

What is Home Ventilation?

Home ventilation circulates air between your home and the great outdoors. We used to ventilate our homes the old-fashioned way – through holes, windows and doors. But natural ventilation isn’t enough for modern homes. Most homes have heating and air conditioning systems, so the windows stay shut most of the time. Besides, open windows let in pollen in the summer and snow in the winter.

Spot ventilation, like a bathroom or kitchen fan, removes moisture and indoor air pollutants at their source. It works best alongside other forms of ventilation. For complete home ventilation, whole home ventilation is optimal.

Whole home ventilation is a mechanical system that moves air through a house, exchanging indoor air for filtered air from outside. A system of fans and ducts continuously exhausts the stale indoor air and draws in fresh, outdoor air through a filter. This improves air quality, protects your family’s health, and enhances the overall comfort of your home.

A whole home ventilation system can regulate humidity, dispel airborne pollutants, and eliminate indoor allergens in your home. Through a combination of vents, fans, and filters, a whole home ventilation system allows you – and your home – to breathe properly.

There are four main types of whole home ventilation systems. The best system for your home depends on your particular needs the climate you live in. Our Applewood advisors are happy to help you decide which system is right for you.

Breathe Easier.

Investing in home ventilation today protects your health and home for years to come. You can improve your current ventilation system by adding a high-efficiency filter to your heating and cooling unit. These filters can trap up to 99% of allergens and pollutants in the air.

You can also support your ventilation with spot ventilation. Air cleaners, purifiers, humidifiers and dehumidifiers let you control the moisture in your home.

Applewood can help you breathe better. We provide the equipment, knowledge, and expert service needed to improve ventilation in your home. Contact us today for a free home assessment.

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