Why is poor home ventilation terrible for our health?
5 Health benefits of home ventilation
We spend, on average, 16 hours per day at home. The air we breathe in at home plays a big role in determining the health and wellbeing of our loved ones. A properly ventilated home will reduce the risk of your family developing respiratory problems, will remove mould and mildew growth and will save your wallet hundreds in the long run.
Not convinced? Have a look at these 5 health benefits of installing home ventilation:
1. Creates an asthma-free environment
Did you know asthma affects 700,000 people in New Zealand? With one in eight adults and one in seven children currently taking medication for asthma.
Living in a damp, mouldy home is not good for asthma sufferers. Breathing in mould spores or dust mites can trigger an attack because it inflames the airways. Sufferers will experience shortness in breath, wheezing and coughing fits.
One way to prevent asthma from triggering is to create an asthmatic free environment. Home ventilation is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce asthma symptoms. Ventilation will help remove triggers like mould spores and dust mites by pushing them out and replacing with clean, filtered air.
With a ventilation system, your home will stay warm and dry and will remove any moisture in the air, which will help minimise attacks.
2. Improves physical health
A common household problem is mould and mildew growth. Mould grows in homes that have high air moisture, bad ventilation and it feeds on materials like wood or carpet.
Mould causes irritable skin problems, fevers, headaches, fatigue, difficulty breathing and can contribute to sleeping problems.
Modern ventilation is the best way to prevent mould and mildew growth. It continuously circulates fresh air throughout the house, reducing condensation and removing moisture so mould can’t grow.
3. Improves mental health
Prolonged exposure to mould is not only harmful to your mental health. A study found that people who live in damp and mouldy homes are at a higher risk of developing depression.
As mould causes several physical health issues, people can start to exhibit depressive symptoms when these problems keep recurring. Mould is difficult to remove and it can feel as if you have exhausted everything to try and get rid of it.
4. Reduces allergy symptoms & unwelcoming smells
Walking into a damp home feels cold and unwelcoming. The smell of must, like a pair of old sweaty socks, can hit you hard. But figuring out where the stale smell is coming from can be a challenge. You can search high and low trying to find the smell, but it always comes back.
A home ventilation system will push out the stale, moisture-filled air, removing all those lingering smells and replacing it with clean, fresh air. When you walk into your ventilated home, you and your family would be breathing in fresh and good quality air.
Improving your indoor air quality will reduce allergies too. If you have pets, they can trek in pollutants like pollen, dust mites and other allergens. A good ventilation system will flush these pollutants out, attributing to improved breathing plus a better night’s sleep!
5. Keeps your house strong and healthy
If your home is damp or there’s too much moisture in the air, it can damage the internal structure of your home. Wooden floorboards, windowsills and wooden frames can start to rot, and insulation can become damp. If this happens, it only leads to costly repair bills or worse yet, you will need to replace these important structures.
Installing ventilation will keep your home free from any moisture settling into the internal structure and will keep your house stronger for longer.
Proper ventilation is the simplest and easiest way to keep your home dry, prevent mould and mildew growth, and improve overall air quality.
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