The first thing a person would notice upon entering the perimeter of a house is its aesthetic value. Does it have a distinct modern sophistication?
Is it charming in a classical, vintage way? Or does it exude a timeless, minimalist elegance? The way the decorative elements would captivate your guests, after all, is the initial impact.
Do first impressions last?
But what about after having lounged in your TV room for a few hours? Or while you are all sipping wine in the dining room, after that sumptuous meal you cooked yourself? Will they drive back home and not help but notice that they actually reek of the smoke that issued from your kitchen whilst you were cooking? Now, that, will definitely stick.
Looks like your house is a ten beauty-wise, but flunks the part where comfort is concerned. This is where proper ventilation comes into picture.
What is ventilation?
Ventilation, by definition, is the exchange of air from the inside of a structure to the outside. It can either occur naturally or mechanically.
Moreover, ventilation highly affects the quality of air in a structure – which is important in upholding the overall health of its inhabitants. So if you’ve just come out of a diner and realize you smell just as nicely (in fact quite identically) as their burgers, then it’s very likely that the place has poor ventilation.
Poor ventilation can also affect the energy efficiency of a home. Since indoor air quality is poor, more work and energy is needed in order to make it reach a more comfortable level. Proper ventilation and effective function of HVAC systems both work together to boost indoor air quality.
Poor ventilation equals low energy efficiency—equals higher energy demand. This means that electric bills could shoot up if your home is not energy efficient. See how a seemingly small ventilation problem could cause even greater concerns?
Luckily, it’s never too late. If you believe your home lacks proper ventilation, then it’s high time that you invest on one. It’s not just about the comfort, because more importantly comfort also impacts health.
Here are some facts about ventilation systems:
- For winter, HRV ventilation systems can provide adequate heating and at minimal energy consumption.
- Ventilation systems need to be regularly maintained in order for them to stay in maximum function.
- Metal ducts work better compared to plastic ducts.
- In addition to mechanical ventilation, proper weather stripping of doors and windows should be done in order for the HVAC system to work most efficiently. Moreover, proper insulation is also necessary.
- Ventilation equipment are ideally placed where they are non-obstructive, but it would also help to strategically place them where they are easily accessible for the occasional cleaning and maintenance.
If you have yet to buy or move into a new house, make sure that this aspect is already taken care of. It might not seem that important, but it actually dominoes its way from your bills to your health.
Cedric Loiselle is a highly talented writer providing quality articles for a wide range of niches including home improvement and real estate.
Originally posted 2014-07-29 03:52:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter