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Does Improving a Home's Ventilation Help Improve Its Indoor Air Quality?

Helms Heating & Air Conditioning - Thursday, October 20, 2016
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Are you worried about your indoor air quality? If you’re like most people, you don’t really give it much thought. The truth is the air in our homes can often be considerably worse than the air outside. How do you fix it? One of the ways is by improving your home’s ventilation. 

Here’s how it works:

What’s Going on in My Indoor Air?

We often think going indoors where the climate is controlled can get us to a place with cleaner air. Unfortunately, the opposite is often true. Because we control the climate in our homes, we often seal them up tight to keep in the cool air in the summer and the warm air in the winter.

When we close the windows and doors, we trap any air pollutants inside with us. These include common allergens such as pollen, dust, and pet hair; however, it can also include more toxic pollutants such as cleaning agents, chemicals from paint, glues, fabric softeners, deodorizers, and mold and mildew.

Isn’t My Ventilation Enough?

Sometimes existing ventilation systems do an adequate job of clearing the air of the invisible pollutants in your home, but not always. If your system is older or hasn’t been properly maintained, improving the ventilation system can make a big difference in your indoor air quality.

Proper ventilation will exchange the indoor air with outdoor air, making circulation more effective and providing fresh air to your HVAC system. While proper filtration is also essential to ensuring your system is pulling in and blowing out clean air, the ventilation system is where all of the air goes in and out. If it isn’t in good condition, it’s not going to be a source of clean air for your home.

There are many ways to breathe easier in your home. For more information on proper ventilation and your indoor air quality, contact our team of experts at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning today.