You may not be aware that your home indoors can be equally polluted as the outdoors. There are numerous sources of air pollution within your home ranging from cooking gases, exhaled air, carbon monoxide, odors, fumes from air fresheners and cleaning fluids, to mention a few. Hence, uninterrupted airflow or ventilation is critical for your family’s comfort and health.
Living apartments located in the middle of the city will expose you a higher level of sound and air pollution. On this note, villas are ideal places to live as they have more open spaces and greenery.
Continuous circulation of stale, re-circulated indoor air can lead to dizziness, aggravation of asthma and allergies aside from easy spread of infections through enclosed air spaces. All this makes ventilation within the home essential; it can be as easy as opening windows on a daily basis, creating air vents within the walls or installing exhaust fans in key areas to get rid of stale and polluted air. Here are some reasons why you must provide ventilation:
Condensation – In the absence of airflow, condensation can build up and lead to dampness and growth of mold on your wall, thereby weakening their structure. If you don’t want to open the windows, provisions of air vents around the home can help to dehumidify and warm up the air.
Wood rot – Absence of airflow and higher moisture levels can also lead to slow deterioration of your precious wooden furniture and wall or floor fittings.
Cooling – Ventilation is also essential for cooling purposes – especially if you are living in the tropics where heat and humidity become a potent mix of discomfort.
Health – Good airflow through the home is essential to maintaining health and ensuring proper ventilation prevents the rooms from getting stuffy and leading to breathing difficulties and other negative effects on your health.
Mold is one of the biggest culprits of destruction and a byproduct of poor ventilation. If you are living in a home where air circulation is poor and there is a presence of mold, you might experience some minor symptoms of irritation of the eyes, nose or throat, headaches or even fevers. It can also worsen symptoms of asthma, create allergic reactions and in general, play havoc with your immune system. Prolonged exposure can even lead to irreversible respiratory damage. That should have pricked your ears up and gotten you running to open your windows and ensure all the vents are in working order!
There are three ways in which you can ventilate your home. You can choose to ventilate your homes by opening the doors and windows. Another way is by the use of spot airflow such as exhaust fans; these are usually located in the kitchens and bathrooms. The third way of ventilating your home is by providing natural airflow ducts in the upper edges of the walls. While many people prefer to block them, they are the best way of keeping your home breathing -even while you are away from home.