November 15, 2021
Importance of Proper Air Flow in Your Home
As a homeowner, it’s important that you have proper ventilation and airflow to ensure the health of both you and your home. Airflow impacts your attic’s ability to hold heat and moderates the dampness in basements and crawl spaces to help keep moisture out of uninsulated walls. It also helps to remove smoke, cooking odors, and indoor pollutants. Blocked air flow can lead to significant damage and health concerns. To avoid these issues, here are the signs that your home may not have proper airflow in your home:
Condensation Damage in Your Home
Condensation is one of the most apparent signs of improper airflow. Condensation happens when the air reaches a point where it can’t hold moisture due to temperature changes. This moisture migrates to the coldest surfaces possible – commonly your windows, walls, and behind furniture.
If left unchecked, the dampness caused by condensation can seep into your walls. This can cause your paint or wallpaper to peel and could even lead to the threat of black mold. Areas of high condensation include your bathroom-especially from shower use – and your kitchen, due to cooking. In your living space, moisture can cause damage to your furniture over time. If you notice moisture getting trapped in your home, take steps to improve the airflow of these areas.
The Risks Air Quality on Your Health
Changes in your health could be the result of home air quality issues. Improper airflow in your home can lead to asthma, allergies, headache, illness and other serious health issues.
Dust mites thrive in improper airflow and can trigger asthma, eczema, watery eyes, itching, sneezing, and runny nose when inhaled or from skin contact. Lack of airflow can also elevate seasonal allergies such as hay fever. Without ventilation, pollens in the air travel into your home and become trapped.
Certain types of mold and mildew are toxic and can cause:
- Irritated eyes, nose, and throat
- Immune system issues
- Respiratory damage
These issues can impact everyone in the home, including your pets.
How to Improve Your Home’s Airflow
Pay attention to areas such as your kitchen and bathroom where you’ve noticed signs of improper airflow. Consider adding ventilation if you don’t have enough and make sure that all your existing vents are unblocked. Furniture or rugs could be blocking your air from properly circulating.
If you’re experiencing issues caused by improper airflow, find a qualified Denver home care professional who can help resolve the issues. Every breath you take could be healthier and you avoid more costly repairs down the line. Consider the health of you, your family, and your pets and contact Applewood today for a airflow technician who can help.