The Importance of the “V” in HVAC: Ensuring Great Ventilation

The Importance of the “V” in HVAC: Ensuring Great Ventilation

Posted by
Ed Miller on Thu, Apr 28, 2016

It’s easy to grow spoiled by Jacksonville’s gorgeous weather. Being so near the coast—or, in many cases, right on it—means that there’s always a fresh breeze available for airing out the home. Yet as you consider closing up your home in favor of turning on the air conditioner, it’s important to spare a thought concerning your home’s ventilation.

Good ventilation and air circulation doesn’t just prevent the musty smell of stagnant air. It can also prevent a host of health problems that might not otherwise affect your family. An HVAC professional, such as Snyder Heating and Air Conditioning, can help you ensure your home is well-ventilated.

The Importance of Good Ventilation

Sufficient airflow plays an important part in your home’s comfortable atmosphere. When you fry a delicious fresh fish for supper or cook up your favorite garlicky pasta dish, good ventilation helps prevent the buildup of strong scents that might otherwise unpleasantly linger. It can also help mitigate pet odors as well as the musty smell of stale air.

However, good ventilation does more than keep your home smelling nice. Proper airflow prevents excess moisture from building up in your home. Moisture left to linger can cause wood to rot, or can damage drywall. This can lead to expensive home repairs as well as to the growth of mold, which can negatively impact your health.

Good Ventilation and Health Concerns

Mold represents the best-known health concern linked to poor home ventilation. A mold infestation can severely impact your family’s health, and can lead to pricey home repairs. Symptoms of mold exposure begin mild, with complaints such as eye, throat, or nose irritation. Continued exposure can lead to respiratory distress or worse—autoimmune diseases.

Stagnant air can lead to a buildup of unhealthy emissions. Proper airflow can help dissipate concentrations of radon gas, which can occur naturally. Household furnishings and chemicals may also put off volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, which are nearly impossible to eliminate from inside air. Good ventilation can control dangerous concentrations of these compounds.

Those with allergies or respiratory concerns may find good airflow helps mitigate their conditions. Proper ventilation can assist in filtering allergens out of the home. It can also prevent the growth of mold, which may exacerbate respiratory difficulties.

HVAC Professionals – Your Ventilation Experts

Few homes can achieve good ventilation through natural means alone, especially during seasons with extreme weather—like hurricane force winds and rain or extreme heat, for example—where windows remain closed. Fans may help keep the air moving, but they do not solve the overarching problem with a home’s airflow and air quality. Addressing this root cause could help keep the home’s residents healthier.

The HVAC professionals at Snyder Heating and Air Conditioning can assist with ensuring your home has proper ventilation throughout. We have years of experience and expertise working with Jacksonville’s unique airflow needs. Contact us today!

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