Most people spend at least 90% of their time indoors. You’ll spend the majority of that time in your Brampton, ON, home. Breathing in stagnant, stale and contaminated air may make you feel uncomfortable or even unwell. Bringing fresh air into your home is good for your health, comfort and well-being. Consider these reasons why fresh air ventilation is important for you and your home.
Fresh air ventilation helps maintain optimal moisture control in your home. The ideal indoor humidity level is 30% to 50%. If your home’s air is drier than this, your skin will feel dry and itchy. Your mucous membranes may also get too dry if the humidity drops too low. Low humidity levels can damage your wood furniture, floors and trim. On the other hand, indoor humidity levels in excess of 50% also make you feel uncomfortable. You may feel too warm. At high humidity levels, your body isn’t able to release heat or sweat, so your skin will feel clammy or sticky. High humidity levels may trigger biological growth, warping of floorboards and proliferation of dust mites.
Proper Furnace Functioning
If your Brampton home is warmed by a gas furnace, it needs a consistent supply of fresh air for the combustion process. Your furnace will burn the natural gas or propane more efficiently when it has a constant supply of fresh air. The ventilation is also important for the removal of the waste gases from the combustion process. Your furnace’s intake and exhaust help you maintain a safe home that’s free of carbon monoxide and other waste gases from burning fuel for heat.
Removal of Germs
Whenever somebody in your home coughs sneezes, yells or laughs, some of their respiratory droplets get into the air. Once they’re in the air, the small particles float around for a while. The next person who walks through the area can breathe those particles and become infected by any bacteria or viruses. If you’re worried about spreading germs, such as influenza, COVID-19 or streptococcus, bringing fresh air into your home is a smart decision. Removing some of the old, germ-filled air with fresh, clean air reduces the risk of spreading germs from one household member to another.
Dissipation of Odors
Cooking, cleaning and doing some arts and crafts are common activities that can generate odors. If you have pets, they can also create odors that aren’t pleasant. If you’re tired of breathing stinky air, fresh air ventilation will solve this problem. An active ventilation system pushes out the stagnant air that’s filled with vapors and chemical compounds that cause odors. The system brings in clean, fresh air that’s free of unwanted smells. You’ll be able to breathe easier and feel more comfortable with a consistent stream of fresh air entering your home.
Reduction of Particles
Everyday activities create a lot of particles in your home’s air. When you breathe those particles, they can trigger allergies, asthma and other breathing problems. The particles can also irritate your eyes, nose and throat. Fresh air ventilation reduces the concentration of volatile organic compounds, aerosols, dust, pollen and other particles in your home’s air. You may experience fewer allergy or asthma symptoms when you breathe cleaner air. The reduction of particles is also good for your heating and cooling system. The air filter won’t get clogged as quickly, and the system will operate more efficiently.
Prevent Biological Growth
High moisture levels contribute to a lot of unwanted biological growth in your home. Dust mites thrive in a warm, moist environment. Mildew and mold can also grow on surfaces that are moist. By bringing in fresh air and maintaining an ideal indoor humidity level, you can reduce the amount of biological growth in your home. Dust mites, mold and mildew are also common triggers for allergy and asthma symptoms, so reducing how much of them are in your home could also help you control your symptoms.
Metro Air Limited is the trusted installer of ventilation systems in Brampton and the surrounding areas. You can also count on us for dependable heating and air conditioning maintenance, inspection, repair, replacement and installation services. We’re also prepared to provide you with fireplaces, indoor air quality solutions and maintenance plans. To learn more about why fresh air and ventilation are important for your home, get in touch with us at Metro Air Limited today.