Good ventilation serves an important function in most spaces, whether commercial or residential. A well-ventilated home isn’t just good for the comfort of the occupants but it is also essential for the long term structural integrity of the house. A well ventilated home often means an overall good respiratory health for all the occupants. In commercial spaces, it can make the difference between productivity and lethargy. Employees perform much better in well-lit and better ventilated environments. Here are some top reasons why good ventilation is essential for your buildings.
Good ventilation gets rid of the moisture problem
It is reasonable to expect some level of humidity in your living spaces. You breathe in and out, take a bath, wash your clothes, boil things and allow in air from outside which contain moisture. There is an optimal level of humidity that is largely harmless. When this threshold is surpassed, the humidity will become a liability in your buildings. Too much humidity in the house will lead to precipitation or condensation which in turn results in moisture accumulation, mould growth issues, rotting and the weakening of the underlying structures supporting your building. Good ventilation ensures you eliminate the moisture problem on your premises through adequate air flow on your walls, flooring and various other vulnerable surfaces.
Optimal air regulation
Good ventilation allows you to maintain optimal air flow in the building especially in places with temperature extremes. Too much air flow in the building will necessitate the usage of HVAC systems in order to restore optimal air regulation and temperatures inside the buildings. Good ventilation in buildings can therefore be an energy-saver. It is often part of the green building strategy.
The health benefits of good ventilation
Poorly ventilated homes generally pose a serious health problem particularly for people with various allergies and respiratory problems such as asthma. A well ventilated building provides an outlet through which the impurities are sucked out of the building thereby ensuring that you maintain a fresh and clean environment where the occupants can be safe.
Extend the lifecycle of your building
Poor ventilation puts a strain on the structural materials used in the building. Without optimal ventilation, the constant temperature extremes and precipitation will over time degrade the building materials and cause disintegration a few years down the line. Maintaining optimal ventilation is the surest way to extend the lifespan of your building.
Good ventilation is good for the environment
Without proper ventilation, you will constantly have to fall back on artificial ventilation measures such as your HVAC system and these cost a lot of money and put a strain on the environment. Designing a building with optimal ventilation yields good dividends for the environment and helps cut down your carbon footprints.
A properly ventilated house is very effective in mould prevention. In modern buildings, some 33% of the damage in buildings is attributable to poor ventilation and this usually occurs through aggressive mould growth. Through optimal ventilation, you can eliminate all the moisture problems that lead to mould growth.
Building ventilation can be done during the construction. However, if your finished building has poor ventilation, you can also have it retrofitted by a building ventilation specialist so as to boost the ventilation and the energy efficiency levels.