It's important to be able to keep your home nice and warm while you also keep it properly ventilated. If your home isn't properly ventilated, then you can end up with an array of problems ranging from stuffy stagnant air to the development of mold. To gain a better understanding of the importance of proper ventilation and how your HVAC system plays an important role, you'll want to read this article completely.
How proper ventilation protects your family and your home
When you don't have the right amount of ventilation throughout your home, moisture can collect in various areas of your house. When the moisture occurs and is exposed to warm air, it provides the perfect environment for mold to grow. Mold spreads quickly, and it can destroy your home. It can affect the home's integrity so much that it can cause collapsing in extreme cases.
Mold will eat away at the materials your home is made with including the drywall, the wood, the carpet, the tiles in the ceiling, and more. Mold can be especially harmful to anyone you have in your home with a compromised respiratory system, but anyone can be at risk of health issues due to mold. The spores of the mold can travel through the air and be breathed in. If mold is suspected in your home, you want professionals to inspect and deal with its removal.
Proper ventilation throughout the home prevents moisture from building up and prevents warmth from combining with that moisture to cause issues like the growth of mold.
How moisture builds up in the home
There are many things that can contribute to the buildup of moisture. Showering, cooking, using certain appliances, and condensation are just a few of the things that can lead to issues with moisture. With good ventilation in place, the moisture is removed and not allowed to collect and stay in place long enough to become a problem.
How your HVAC system should provide proper ventilation
There should be exhaust fans in the bathrooms that help to dry up the moisture that is caused by running the hot water for baths and/or showers. There should also be an exhaust fan above the stove to help remove not only smoke from what you are cooking but also the moisture from things like boiling water.
Your HVAC system should help with proper ventilation. After all, the "V" in HVAC stands for "ventilation." The system is designed to exchange air throughout the home in order to provide you with good air quality throughout your home. The system should be providing you with temperature control, replenishment of oxygen, and that all-important moisture removal, as well as removal of things like odors, dust, bacteria in the air, etc.
The air is pulled in through the filter where a lot of the airborne bacteria, dust, and other unwanted particles will be filtered out. Then, the air moves through the ducts and is moved outside. New air is brought in and the new air is put into the home at the wanted temperature. If your system isn't doing this, then there is an issue that you should have taken care of with the help of your air conditioning technician.