Home ventilation is key to having an energy efficient and comfortable home. Our team at Greenmark Home Performance knows how to help you keep the air in your home fresh with home ventilation solutions. There are many areas of your home that need to be ventilated including your bathroom, kitchen, basement, and if possible, your whole house.
In order to have an energy-efficient home, you may be required to have a mechanical ventilation system. These systems are designed to help you maintain good air quality in your home. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) have determined that a typical home's living space should be ventilated at a CFM rate determined by adding 3% of the conditioned floor space to 7.5 times the number of bedrooms plus one. This means that in a compact home, additional ventilating systems may be necessary to get to this rate.
Why Should You Ventilate Your Home
For years homes were not ventilated, and they worked just fine, didn't they? Why should we ventilate our home when older homes don't seem to need ventilation?
There are several reasons that ventilation is more important today than it was years ago. Most importantly, houses built 50+ years ago were drafty and usually had poor air sealing. This allowed for fresh air to pretty easily enter through cracks, gaps, and holes in the structure of the building. In addition to this, the building materials uses have changed and modern building materials can cause off-gassing of volatile organic compounds such as formaldehyde, flame retardants, and other chemicals.
Ventilating your home is the first step you can take to ensuring that your home is free of gasses, chemicals, and other harmful pollutants.
This involves the uncontrolled air movement into and out of the cracks and crevices of our home. Typically in the past when homes were being built, these openings were left as-is, but today builders seal all the openings and holes to a home to help make it more energy efficient. When your home is properly sealed, you are going to need to have a ventilating system installed to help make your indoor environment healthy and comfortable.
This technique involves the use of exhaust fans, such as the ones installed in bathrooms. The strategy can also help with improving how well your natural and whole-home ventilation systems work be helping to remove indoor pollutants and moisture. ASHRAE recommends that intermittent or continuous rates for bathrooms of 50 to 20 cubic feet per minute.
This is often the technique used in homes where families worry that natural and spot strategies aren't enough to provide the proper air quality. Whole-home techniques use one or more fans and duct systems to remove stale air and to supply fresh, healthy air into the living environment. There are several different types of whole-home systems available, including: exhaust, supply, balanced, and energy recovery units.
What Areas Should Be Ventilated?
Kitchen hoods are a great example of spot ventilation in your home. They are designed to exhause the fumes and particulates that become airborne as the result of cooking. To learn more about kitchen ventilation and exhaust hoods, click the button below.
Another good example of spot ventilation is the exhaust fan in your bathroom. These play an important role in ensuring and gasses from your bathroom are properly expelled from your home. To learn more about exhaust fans click the button below.
Ventilating your whole home is a key factor in making sure you have high indoor air quality. They can also help you keep your home energy efficient and free of polutants year round. to learn more about whole home ventilation system click the button below.
Improve Your Indoor Air Quality With Ventillation Solutions in St. Louis
Keep your home energy efficient and free from polutants with ventilation solutions installed by our experts at Greenmark Home Performance. Contact us online or by calling us at 314-845-9144 to schedule an appointment.