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There are many benefits to be gained by installing a ventilation system in your home. Home ventilation refers to the process of moving air around, so that it is changed or replaced in different spaces, improving the quality of the air inside your home. Almost every home in Australia will have some form of ventilation, even if this is just in the form of air ducts in your bricks, which are often neglected, covered up, or are not adequate to cope with everyday living. Modern ventilation systems often use mechanical elements and offer a whole home approach.
These home ventilation systems can help to:
According to Asthma Australia, there are around 1.9 million people who have asthma in Australia. This is equivalent to one in 9 people. Some have mild symptoms, but severe asthma can be debilitating, and even fatal. In 2014, (which is the most recent data available) 419 people died from asthma. There are many different triggers for asthma, but the mould associated with damp, pollution, cigarette smoke, house dust mites, and other things that enter the air in the home, can all trigger attacks or make an existing problem worse. A well-ventilated home will not cure asthma, but it can help to reduce the symptoms and make asthma attacks less common.
Condensation is a common problem in many Australian homes. It is a leading cause of dampness and, if it is left unattended, condensation can result in mould growth.
Condensation forms on internal surfaces when the air outside falls sufficiently below the temperature of the moist air inside the property. Moisture in the air then condenses into liquid droplets, leading to damp patches or resulting in the familiar ‘streaming’ on windows. It is more common in the colder months when the difference between the heat inside and outside is most noticeable. A good home ventilation system not only improves the air quality within your home, but it can also help to prevent an increase in moisture levels within a property which can lead to condensation and mould issues over time.
The importance of ventilation to your physical health cannot be overstated, but, whatever the design and layout of your home, a good ventilation system can also help to keep it fresh, pleasant, and relaxing, helping to prevent the build-up of any stale, musty, or bad odours.
Although it is not as immense a health risk as asthma, hay fever can still cause grief, and can also increase asthma symptoms for those who suffer from both. Hay fever is caused by an allergic reaction to plant pollen. While you may think that you would be better off staying inside of your home, you will still need a fresh flow of air indoors, and a specialised ventilation system can prevent the buildup of pollen, as well as reducing the need to open your windows and doors. Some units also have filters that can help to reduce the amount of pollen in the air.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are another reason why home ventilation is so important. These gases can build up from many different sources, including cosmetics, air fresheners, and some cleaning products. One way to lessen the impact of VOCs is to reduce the use of these products; the other option is to control the levels via a ventilation system, the build-up of VOCs in a confined space can also contribute to several health problems.
Rising damp is essentially a flow of water from the ground up into a wall structure. The water essentially seeps into the pores of the wall. Rising damp is common in older buildings, but can also occur in more modern buildings if your damp-proof course has been damaged. Distinctive features are discolouration that makes it look like the bottom section of your wall is wet, or bumps and peeling on the wall that resembles prolonged water damage. Though it may cause unsightly aesthetic damage, rising damp can also cause a building’s structure to be compromised, and cause you much more trouble in the future.
One of the ways to combat the risk of rising damp is to install a subfloor ventilation system in your Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney home. By extracting air from a subfloor crawl space we are actually stopping that moist, damp, mouldy air from pushing up into your home. The extraction process is actually pulling fresh air from outside in through the vents on the walls of your subfloor. The airflow being created then promotes drying. Zephyr Ventilation design our subfloor ventilation systems to the specific property but the aim is to achieve cross-ventilation through every part of the subfloor area.
If you are interested in having your home assessed for efficient ventilation, give us a call and our home ventilation specialists will come and survey your property to give specific advice on the best system to suit your needs.