Since the energy crisis in the 1970s, most homes in Van Nuys, CA, and throughout the United States have been built to be sealed up as tightly as possible for conservation purposes. This certainly helps to keep utility costs down, but it can also create significant indoor air quality problems. Mechanical ventilation systems bring in air from the outdoors and expel air from inside your house along with airborne pollutants that would otherwise accumulate since they don’t have anywhere else to go.
Various Types of Indoor Air Pollution
Many modern buildings lack an adequate exchange of stale indoor for fresh air from outside. That means harmful contaminants continue to build up and can potentially reach hazardous levels. This lack of ventilation could leave you and your family at the mercy of IAQ impurities that include:
- Particulate matter like dust, dirt, dander, pollen, and much smaller, more dangerous particles
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are released as vapors from countless household items
- Biological growth due to excess humidity or moisture such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi
- Combustion pollutants that come from burning fuel, wood, candles, or any other materials
- Chemicals and compounds like carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, radon, asbestos, lead, formaldehyde, or pesticides
Kinds of Mechanical Ventilation Devices
Opening your doors and windows is a terrific way to allow fresh air in and exhaust the stuffy air from your home. That is when the temperature outside happens to be pleasant. However, when outdoor conditions aren’t so nice, this means of ventilation isn’t practical, and doing so can waste a tremendous amount of energy. Mechanical ventilators promote healthy indoor air regardless of the circumstances. These systems include:
- Inline ventilators
- Ventilating dehumidifiers
- Energy recovery ventilators
Expert Advice and Honest Recommendations
If you‘re looking for ways to improve the air quality level in your home, give us a call today. Our knowledgeable staff is available to discuss your indoor air quality issues, help you find the most effective solutions, and professionally install your equipment. At Airflow and EJ Service Air Conditioning & Heating, we never cut corners or take shortcuts.