In generations past, our ancestors built wooden farmhouses that were sturdy, but draughty. These homes were naturally well ventilated because they weren’t insulated and the wind found its way through all the chinks and cracks in the wood. Efficiency certainly wasn’t a top priority back then!
House building, like every other industry, has progressed by leaps and bounds. Today’s modern homes have excellent air barriers and meet requirements for ventilation.
However, if your home has lingering odours, is often stuffy or has high moisture content (often noticeable on windows or ceilings) it is highly likely that it is poorly ventilated. This will lead to the growth of mould (a common allergy trigger) and the likely cause of household odours.
Why is ventilation important in my home?
Ventilation is vital to creating a healthy atmosphere for people living in the house. If you or your family suffer from respiratory conditions (e.g. bronchitis or asthma) or allergies, it is very important that your house gets the right amount of fresh air. Also, excessive moisture inside your home could eventually undermine the integrity of its structure.
Types of home ventilation
The first thing that springs to mind in terms of home ventilation is opening up the windows. And yes, that’s an obvious and easy way to air the house out. However, it’s not practical all the time and it may be unformfortable for you if the outside weather is cold or wet, or extremely hot. Also, it could be a safety risk.
Exhaust fans are a great way of shifting stale air from inside a specific room and drawing it outside. Exhaust fans can be used in kitchens, bathrooms, laundries and indeed anywhere where there’s high moisture content. They are simple systems to install, although they require the expertise of a qualified electrician, and can be retro-fitted.
A Heat recovery ventilation (HRV) system (like our Odyssey Ventilation System) is one of the most efficient ways of ventilating a home. HRV systems exchange the warm stale air from inside the house with fresh external air. One of the most popular domestic systems in Australia, they have been proven to eliminate internal condensation and mould problems and greatly improve health conditions such as asthma and allergies.
With proper ventilation you can take the comfort and healthiness of your home up a notch. With purer and fresher air, your quality of living will be improved, home odours will be greatly reduced – if not totally eliminated – and you can breathe easy knowing that your health is being properly cared for.
There are various effective ways of managing home ventilation, however, you need to consider your specific needs and climatic conditions. What works well in a warm, coastal zone will not necessarily work well in a cold, snow-prone area. It is a good idea to enlist the help of a professional before making your decision on what will work best for you.
Natural Home Solutions specialises in the installation of home ventilation systems. We can help you decide what sort of system will work best for your home or business. Call us on 1300 884 554 for more information or to set up an appointment for a free quote.