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Establishing Adequate Ventilation in Your Home

Most people know that good ventilation is important for the health of their family members, especially children, seniors, and those suffering from allergies. But did you know that it’s also important for the longevity of your heating and cooling system, foundation, and other structural aspects of your Summerfield, NC home?

Spaces with stagnant air are prone to indoor pollutants and high levels of moisture that lead to organic growth and degrades your home’s walls, basement, and foundation. Plus, HVAC systems cannot perform efficiently when airflow is restricted. The result? Higher utility bills, more repairs, and a system that’s more prone to failure. Let’s consider five ways you can increase ventilation in your home.

Interior Ventilation

Moisture, organic growth, and malodors are a serious problem in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. Each of these rooms should have an exhaust fan or an exterior-venting range hood. Clean ventilation ductwork at least twice a year to ensure the airflow is strong and the system can effectively sap moisture and deter organic growth in humid areas.

Roof and Attic Ventilation

Attics are notoriously hot and uncomfortable, especially during the warm summer months. Luckily, a few strategically placed vents can quickly resolve the problem. Have a professional place a couple of vents near the eaves and under the peak of the roof. Make sure they’re properly sealed to avoid the risk of pests!

Structural Ventilation

Crawlspaces and foundations trap heat and moisture, resulting in organic growth and rotting that can impact the structural integrity of your property. These spaces should have enough vents to create airflow and make sure they’re cleaned regularly.

HVAC Maintenance

The best way to maintain proper ventilation is your home is to ensure your HVAC system is serviced twice annually, once in the spring and once in the fall. During the visit, a specialist will assess and calibrate your system. HVAC systems that are cared for properly last longer and are less likely to fail, saving you money on costly repairs and keeping your home and family comfortable year-round.

For more information on proper ventilation, call the experts at Total Heating & Cooling, Inc. today at (336) 739-4320. We can help you figure out the right strategy for you and your home

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