The Importance of Ventilation and Insulation
We all want our homes to be healthy spaces with comfortable year-round temperatures and fresh air. Two of the most important ways to do this is to make sure your home in Greenville, North Carolina, has a proper amount of insulation and ventilation. Here’s why:
Ventilation Exhausts Stale Air
The conventional wisdom is that sealing windows, doors and cracks will improve your home’s energy efficiency. However, making your home too airtight can cause problems as well. Reasons for improving your home’s airflow include:
- Reduce condensation from high humidity in the home
- Prevent asthma, allergies and other respiratory problems
- Reduce the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air
- Eliminate the risk of backdrafts
How to Ventilate Your Home
A home energy auditor can conduct a smoke test near potential air exit points, such as in attic vents and chimneys, to see if your home has adequate ventilation. This is most important during the heating season when the furnace will run.
Installing a balanced central home ventilation system can make sure your home has the right amount of airflow. When properly designed, these systems balance the air pressure inside and outside the home. As a result, they can ventilate your home without causing excessive energy bills.
Insulation Helps Seal Your Home
How much insulation your home needs will depend on its construction. Ideally, you should insulate your home from the roof down to the foundation. Here are the places you want to check for proper insulation:
- Air ducts
- Ceilings, especially in homes without an attic
- Exterior walls
- The home’s foundation
- Basements, especially if it’s a living space
- Slabs in homes without basements
There are many ways of insulating your home, including:
- Batt insulation
- Blown-in insulation
- Foam boards
- Sprayed foam
You can choose the one that’s appropriate to your situation.
J&J Mechanical, Inc. will be happy to assist with your home ventilation concerns. Call us at 888-716-0052 so we can check your ventilation needs and install the perfect system, ensuring your family’s health and comfort.
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