Your Forest Acres, South Carolina, home needs adequate ventilation to keep pollutant and humidity levels from rising. You can have a professional add exhaust fans or other equipment in your kitchen and bathrooms. Proper ventilation helps remove hazards, conserve energy and enhance the comfort in your home.
Ventilation can remove smoke and excess humidity from cooking, along with allergens, viruses, and bacteria. It can help you prevent biological growth and avoid VOCs or volatile organic compounds. These substances include acetone, benzene, xylene and formaldehyde. They evaporate at room temperature, and they’re common in air fresheners, cleaners and glues. They can also cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and other symptoms. Unfortunately, air filters or air purifiers can’t remove them.
An energy recovery ventilator or ERV works like a heat pump. Before it removes stale air in winter, it transfers the heat away from it to the incoming air. That way, you can get rid of contaminants without wasting power. You can also prevent clogged air filters, dirty ductwork, and other problems that could increase your utility bills and shorten your HVAC system’s life expectancy.
Condensation occurs in your home when there is too much humidity. Water is created on a cold surface when humid air comes into contact with it. That’s why you see water droplets on your windows and walls when your home is too humid.
When the condensation or humidity has built up in your home, it results in biological growth. Ventilation can help resolve this issue. When you install an ERV, it will expel the warm indoor air to the outside. An ERV will help to maintain the temperature and humidity levels in your home.
Removing excess moisture can make you and your family feel more comfortable and let you use your HVAC system less often. Ventilation can also get rid of unpleasant smells and prevent health problems. It can even let you vacuum less often by getting rid of dust and other pollutants. If you have allergies or frequent colds, your home may need more ventilation.
Krantz Kooling and Heating is a Trane Comfort Specialist with decades of HVAC and indoor air quality experience. We can help you make sure your home has plenty of ventilation. Call us today for outstanding service and guaranteed work from our experts.
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Originally published in Nov. 2018, updated in March 2020