Quality air to breathe within your home or workplace is sometimes hard to achieve, and typically the most active method to improve indoor air quality is to remove sources of pollution or to reduce the number of emissions. Often, source control is more cost-efficient than increasing ventilation as adding extra ventilation can increase the energy costs to maintain indoor air quality. However, there are many ways you can improve the ventilation of a building without raising the costs too high while running it.
Most air quality problems around the home are derived from poorly filtered air, or items within your home that create poor air, like ovens or stovetops, smoke, mold, and asbestos to name a few. The best way to eliminate the poor air quality is of course to eliminate the source. This isn’t always as simple a task as you would think, and some sources of bad odors can be quite dangerous.
Of course, the best solution to improve air quality is source control, however, what happens if the source can’t be eliminated that easily?
One other way to improve the air quality in your home is not to eliminate the source but lower the concentration of the pollutants. The best way to do this is by creating a better airflow from outdoors to indoors, otherwise known as ventilation. Ventilation has two very specific purposes, one is to dilute the pollutants from within the building and secondly to remove the pollutants from it.
There are three main elements of ventilation that are important and they are the ventilation rate (which is the amount of outdoor air provided in the space), airflow direction and air distribution.
Many heating and cooling systems do not actually bring fresh air into your home, so utilizing windows and doors for airflow is vital for clean air to enter a space. When the weather permits, you should manually ventilate the home as much as possible. Not only does this clean the distribute clean outside air through the home but it also stops things like mold from getting out of control. Well-ventilated spaces are far less likely to retain bad smell or remain damp enough to assist the growth of mold.
Other Ways To Remove Contaminants
Other simple methods you can use to remove contaminants from your home are ventilation fans commonly used in bathrooms to remove stream. Ventilation fans remove contaminants from a specific room into the outdoors and draw cleaner air from other parts of the home. So, even if you have one door open at the other end of your home, running ventilation fans will draw air through the home enough to prevent things like mold from developing.
Ventilation helps to remove indoor airborne pollutants which reduces contaminant levels and improves your indoor air quality.
Introducing outdoor air into your home is the best way to create a healthy indoor air quality level. To ensure your heating and cooling systems are distributing clean air through, make sure your filters are cleaned regularly, and the home is well-ventilated.