When we talk about poor air quality in the home what we mean is smoke, bacteria, mould and carbon monoxide and this is all due to the lack of ventilation in homes.
As houses have become more insulated over the years this has led to a build-up of toxic gases within our homes. Problems such as condensation and mould can become significant and cause health concerns like Asthma.
The most obvious way to ventilate your home is to open a window. That’s great if it’s a beautiful day in July, however, what do we do the rest of the year round? Especially in Winter – opening a window could mean an inch of snow in your house. This method unfortunately lets a serious amount of heat escape not mentioning creating a perfect entrance for would be burglars.
A heat recovery system basically brings the outdoor air inside and recovers the heat. This results in your home being fully ventilated throughout the year with fresh air without having to constantly reheat the home due to heat loss. Also, worth mentioning the air is filtered ensuring its pollen free, insect free and pollutant free.
Damp and mould can be problematic in a property poorly ventilated. Dealing with damp and mould can be costly but by acting early and installing a ventilation system this will prevent the build-up of humidity and vastly improve the indoor air quality. Not only will this in turn improve the health of your family, but it will have a positive impact on the fabric of your house.
There are certainly other ways to improve air quality in the house such as adding plants which actively clean the air, not using aerosols and certainly not smoking indoors. However, none will have the effect of installing a ventilation system.
Ventilation systems vary greatly and can suit all budgets and most properties, it’s certainly important to get professional advise when looking at a system. Most reputable companies will offer a advise service and ensure you receive the best system to suit your property. Systems can be quiet specific to meet your needs so you can have the perfect system for your property.
Retro-fitting is now becoming more popular and most companies will do their best to find the best way of designing a system to suit your home. Also, any reputable company will ensure your project meets the Code for Sustainable Homes and all building regulations.