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Proper Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality

The weather outside can be frightful, or hot and sunny, but it always gives us something to talk about. Exterior conditions are so important that we keep track of current conditions, as well as how the weather will change over the next several days. We do, however, have control over our indoor environment.

Ventilation is the process of replacing the air in a space to improve its quality. We can control the temperature, remove odors, smoke, dust, airborne bacteria, and moisture. Not only does it include the exchange of air to the outside, but it also comprises air circulation within the home.

Signs of Ventilation Issues

Here are some signs of poor ventilation:

  • Hot and Cold Patches

Some parts of your home are consistently warmer or colder than others.
You want to open a window because a room feels stuffy, even during cold months.
When you run your air conditioner, the room is not cool enough and you are tempted to turn on a fan to cool it down to a more comfortable level.

  • Damp Patches, Mold and Mildew Buildup

Stagnant air creates the ideal conditions for mold and mildew to build up in your home. If it is not controlled, mold and mildew can present significant health risks to you and your family. They can also cause damage to your home as well.

  • Poor Air Quality

Lingering odors in your home are also indications of poor ventilation. If you notice stale, musty, or foul odors in your kitchen, bathroom, or other confined spaces, you may have an issue that needs to be dealt with.

In our next blog post, we will look at types of ventilation.

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