One of the major causes of poor health is especially lung-related illnesses is too much moisture in the air. Humidity and poor circulation of air in the home can do a lot of damage to your health as well as your home.
A home ventilation system changes the quality of the air around the home from the ceiling to the floor, and it filters the air getting rid of smoke, moisture, cooking odours and any indoor pollutants.
Right now, with the pandemic in full flight, you might be worried about catching COVID-19. While there is no guarantee you won’t get it nor spread it to those close by, when staying at home with your family; a sound ventilation system will clean the air and rid your home of virus particles.
Water is heavier than air; therefore, your attic and ceiling can be warm and dry while your floor and basement can be visually damp, cold and before long you will see mould growing on the walls and in the corners of the room. The high humidity is a good breeding ground for mould. Some of the illnesses associated with damp buildings include:
- lung diseases with coughing, tightness in the chest cavity
A structural ventilation system will control the heat levels in your attic, moderate dampness in your home’s basement or crawlspace if you have one, and keeps excess moisture out of walls that are not insulated.
Controlling Pollutants, Dampness
If you are currently spending a lot more time at home, due to COVID-19, the usual activity of breathing, washing and cooking will increase moisture levels in the air. Opening the windows only goes so far to circulate the air and replace the humidity in your home. If it is a wet day, the air outside your home will have high humidity, so opening the windows won’t necessarily take the moisture that’s built up inside your home outside.
Along with preventing air pollutants from affecting your household’s health, proper ventilation will control the level of moisture in your home and ensure that you don’t end up having to deal with condensation on windows and dampness and mould spores. At best, damp and condensation can be unsightly and a pain to try and clean up, and at worst, it can deadly to our respiratory system.
Some regions around the world, including the United Kingdom and Ireland, are cold and damp for the majority of the year. However, not all homes have adequate ventilation and heating, so if you live here. You’ve worked out the air in your home is not quite as you’d like it to contact a business like BPC Ventilation Ireland who can help by installing a good system in your home.
Eliminate Damage to the Home
When the temperature drops inside your home, particularly at night time when your central heating is turned on, condensation tends to occur. As the air gets cooler, the relative humidity grows, and water vapour turns into moisture. It migrates to the coldest surfaces in your home like the windows, walls and behind items of furniture where it appears like condensation. Windows streaming with water is usually the most noticeable in the winter where the temperature difference between indoors and outdoors is at its greatest; however, it can happen at any time of the year.
VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds, are invisible gases that can create a number of health problems at home. On average, there are up to 900 chemicals in the air inside your home that can lead to many negative side-effects. These side-effects and symptoms tend to be more common in people who live in properties that do not have adequate ventilation. The gases themselves come from a wide range of common household sources like air fresheners, cosmetics or even the cleaning products you use daily.
During the lockdown, it’s not just the risk of COVID-19 that could harm your health; if you are spending a lot more time than usual in a house without proper ventilation, this could be just another health risk to deal with.