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Why Is Ventilation Important for Proper Indoor Air Quality?

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Indoor air quality is affected by the level of ventilation in your home. Ventilation is the process of moving air from one place to another. Pollutants and other airborne contaminants can come from either inside or outside your home, and proper ventilation will help whisk away any contaminants that might be accumulating in your home.

Here are some reasons why it’s important to ventilate your home for good indoor air quality:

Prevent the Accumulation of Noxious Fumes

Home renovations are notorious for leaving behind noxious fumes. Building materials such as wood, glue, and paint emit fumes and particles that need a way to escape. Keeping windows open during renovations can help push out harmful fumes and particles from your home.

Prevent Mold Growth

Running the exhaust fan in your bathroom after a shower is necessary to prevent mold growth. This is especially important if your bathroom doesn’t have a window. The fan will draw new air from the nearest room and pull out the old humidified air from your bathroom to the outside of your home.

Clear Out Byproducts of Combustion

Gas appliances can create byproducts of combustion such as airborne particles and carbon monoxide, and both need a clear way out of your home. Providing proper ventilation through an open window or an exhaust fan in your kitchen will keep the air moving.

Filter Outdoor Air Contaminants

Outdoor air can be refreshing, but it can also be filled with pollen, dust, and pollution (not all the time). Keeping your HVAC unit clear so it can draw air easily will ensure the air in your home runs through the filter, giving you freshly filtered air even from the outside.

The main thing to remember is this: if you’re not feeling a gentle breeze somewhere in your home, you probably have stagnant air. Consider ventilating your home occasionally to keep your indoor air quality fresh.

At Brummitt Heating & Cooling, ensuring the indoor air quality of your home is breathable is part of what we do. If you’d like to get information about how we can help keep your home free of air pollutants, contact us about our residential HVAC services.