Air flow and ventilation is required for comfort of your home or business. Proper ventilation prevents air pollutants from affecting the health of you, your family, friends and maybe even employees. Air flow and ventilation also regulates unwanted smells and allergens. Making sure the air flow is uninterrupted will help with your health and comfort. One of the reasons ventilation is so important is because it controls how much moisture is in your facility. If you have adequate airflow throughout your home, you run less of a risk of moisture collecting and bringing mold with it. Wood will rot when exposed to moisture and drywall will be affected as well over time creating a haven for mold.
Mold: The Danger of Improper Air Flow
Moisture can cause mold and rust to appear within an otherwise clean home. Mold and rust can and will inevitably effect the foundation of your structure. If you or your family are exposed to mold for a long time. You might notice symptoms of irritation to your nose, throat, and eyes. You may get headaches or a fever if you are around the conditions for a long period of time. Mold can cause a multitude of immune system problems. It can worsen the symptoms for someone who already has an autoimmune disease affecting in home recovery. The longer you are exposed to mold can result in respiratory damage that can’t be fixed. Proper air flow and ventilation will aid in the prevention of serious life altering and structural altering events.
Ventilation Options for the Modern Home
Natural ventilation is one of a few options you have to increase air flow. You can open doors and windows. These options use to electrical energy and generate financial savings. Generalized location air flow is when you use exhaust fans or other forms of pushing air in or out of your house or office in certain spots. Its pretty common to have these type in your kitchen or bathroom.
You can also have air ducts installed around your whole home to provide airflow throughout your home or business. These duct systems are attached to your HVAC system. They deliver and when placed correctly evenly distribute air to designated area of your choice. Exhaust air flow pushed air from your home; instead of drawing it in. This is helpful for unwanted humidity, smells and/or fumes. The supply systems brings air into your home. No matter what the system of your liking. It should always be maintained to ensure that pollutants are invading your clean air supply.
Common Problems with Home Air Flow Systems
HVAC problems can restrict or enable air flow in your house or office. Checking a few things I will mention below will determine if you should seek professional help in restoring proper ventilation. Dirty filters will restrict air flow as well and create many other problems in your HVAC system. If you find the filter dirty. Replace it as quickly as possible. A dirty air filter can restrict the incoming air flow to your air conditioning system. Restricted air flow can result in not only mold and rust but also mechanical issues within the unit itself. Check for ice in or around your HVAC system. Copper lines and evaporator coil are places it can accumulate. This is an indication that something is malfunctioning and will restrict or completely block air flow. Even sometimes completely shut your AC system down.
Have a professional come in and check all of your duct system. Check it for crimps or tears. Block, seal or replace any duct work that is restricting the air flow. In doing this you will also be saving electrical energy and money. Check your blower wheel for dirt, dust and loose belts. In all of these cases. Make sure to contact a professional to address these situations. Trained serviceman/women will educate you on the options you have for repair or replacement.