The Dangers of Poor Ventilation

It’s that time of year again when summer is winding down, you’re shopping for #2 pencils, and the kids are already in the thick of another school year. The start of the new year means more time indoors, and that makes indoor air quality (IAQ) more important than ever.

Studies have shown that poor indoor air quality exacerbates allergy and asthma symptoms like coughing, sneezing, and skin irritation. It can even cause digestion issues, impair sleep quality, hinder cognitive ability, and trigger mental health symptoms like depression and anxiety.

If you want to set your kids up for success and make your home a healthy space for your family, it’s important to do what you can now to improve your IAQ. A great place to start is ventilation.

Why Does My House Need Proper Ventilation?

Many homeowners here in the Nashville area rely on their windows to bring fresh air into the home. Open windows let outside air in — and allergens and pollutants along with it. Then when the windows are shut, these airborne contaminants have nowhere to go. This can make the air inside your house two to five times more polluted than the air outside.

A ventilation system works differently to supply your house with fresh and healthy air. First, it removes stale and stuffy indoor air, including any odors, contaminants, and excess moisture. Then, it replaces that air with fresh and filtered air from the outdoors. The new air supplied to your home remains conditioned and comfortable, so you get outside air without outside temperatures.

What Are the Benefits?

Proper home ventilation:

  • Combats allergens like dust, pollen, and pet dander

  • Reduces exposure to mold, VOCs, and other toxins

  • Regulates indoor humidity

  • Keeps your house smelling fresh

  • Protects the health of you and your family

Ventilation Solutions for Your Home

There are a few approaches you can take to ensure your home is properly ventilated. Our home performance specialists can determine which solution makes the most sense for your home.

Bathroom exhaust fans

First, it’s important to make sure your bathroom exhaust fans are enough to vent out excess moisture. Our fans not only regulate humidity properly but also offer benefits like moisture sensors, auto on/off, energy efficiency, and quiet operation.

Whole-home ventilation

An energy recovery ventilator (ERV) offers whole-home ventilation, giving you healthy indoor air you can rely on. It’s also designed to provide the most efficient air flow while using the least amount of energy.

Learn more about how you can improve the ventilation inside your Tennessee home. Call 615-876-5479 or contact us to schedule a consultation!