There’s nothing more refreshing than a breath of clean, fresh air. It’s why we open windows on hot days and purchase products like Febreeze. However, neither of these actions is enough to create high air quality in your home. In the push for energy efficiency, homes have become more and more airtight. This is a great thing in cold months when we want lower heating bills, but it also means proper ventilation is more work achieve. Therefore, we must be more conscious about creating circulation in the home.
Why is ventilation so important that you should have yours checked? It can lead to problems you already may be experiencing. Here the top 5 things that may be happening in your home and why to have ventilation checked.
1. To Prevent Roof Deterioration
When your home’s attic isn’t properly ventilated, the result is roof deterioration, roof rot and a shorter life for interior and exterior paint. You may have even already seen side effects of this like soft spots in wood or peeling paint. Your house is especially prone to such outcomes during the hottest and coldest months of the year. For example, on very cold nights moist air gathers on the underside of the roof and, if the roof’s temperature is low enough, freezes. As this frost warms, it melts and drips. This dripping leads to damage and rot that is costly to fix and decreases your home’s energy efficiency. Your roof is there to protect you. Make sure to protect it in return via ventilation.
2. To Avoid Mold & Mildew
Poor indoor air quality leads to moisture that causes mold and mildew. If you already have a feeling such mold has been built up, you’ll want to have ventilation checked promptly because mold and mildew are dangerous to you and your family’s health. If exposed long enough, you can experience headache, fever, respiratory damage and even a weakened immune system.
3. To Preserve Your Home’s Internal Structure
When air isn’t flowing, it’s sitting, which encourages moisture in the air to gather and condense. Similar to potential roof dangers, when damp seeps into your home’s structure, it causes rotting. Already noticed the beginnings of rot in your wood? Keep your drywall dry and house’s framing strong by stopping air stagnation through ventilation.
4. To Keep Paint from Peeling
Have you noticed your wall paint starting to peel? This can be prevented by proper circulation. Without it, moisture gathers on the walls, especially in the bathroom. As moisture gathers on the walls, it wedges its way between the layers of paint and underlying surface. This begins deteriorating the paint and leads to it peeling. The more paint that peels, the the easier it is for moisture to get into the walls. Stop, or slow if already occurring, this unpleasant cycle by promoting proper ventilation.
5. To Maximize Energy Efficiency
Installing exhaust fans and using them as needed doesn’t use much energy. However, without ventilation, you end up with problems like mold, mildew and structural damage that takes up far more precious energy and resources to fix. Prevent these things from happening, and save yourself a lot of time, money and energy in the long run.
To Learn More
To learn more about ventilation and how you can use it to maximize your home’s energy efficiency, cruise over to our Ventilation Page: Ventilation: It’s Most Common Problems.