The best way to build a house right now is to establish a strong foundation, and then install a high-quality ventilation system. You may be wondering what ventilation has to do with the construction of a house. Picture this scenario: Your subfloor, a place that is often left forgotten, lacks proper ventilation. Moisture begins to seep in, it is dark, the air becomes heavier and heavier. This particular environment attracts termites who love to eat at wood. The moisture combined with the termites will be enough to weaken the wood found in your subfloor. Next thing you know, you’ll be hearing squeaks and groans coming from your subfloor. That is not the sound of your house ‘settling’. That is the wood in your structure falling apart. This can pose a danger to the inhabitants of the house. Below are several approaches to whole house ventilation:
- Exhaust only. This is a strategy that is used to depressurize the building. In areas that experience extreme winters, then this form of ventilation would be ideal because it does not allow excessive moisture to be drawn into the house.
- Supply only. This approach involves letting in fresh air from the outside into the home. There are numerous advantages to this particular approach. You can control where the air is coming from, minimize humidity in the air as well as treat the incoming air from pollutants.
- This is an approach which mixes the features of both exhaust and supplies only vent. This means that air is expelled and drawn in in equal measure. Balanced ventilation approaches are very tricky because you will need a tightly designed house and exceptional engineering for it to work. Most balanced systems offer additional features such as heat recovery ventilator, which helps in heating the home when needed.
Benefits You Could Enjoy
If you need convincing on whether or not you should install a whole house ventilation system then below are some advantages you could enjoy.
- It is so efficient it can replace your air conditioning unit entirely. A whole house fan installed in your roof or attic is capable of supplying fresh clean air to the whole house. And it does so easily. An air conditioning unit would have to work three times as hard to produce the same results.
- It is also cheaper. The cost of installation, as well as the cost of the fan itself, comes to a quarter of the cost of an air conditioning unit. Not only will you be saving money when you purchase whole house ventilation, but when you use it too. This is because the whole system functions efficiently while using 25% less of the amount of energy that an AC unit would have used. Your electric bills will certainly go lower and your pocket will be happier.
- This system is so easy to install, you can do it on your own and with no help from anyone. You don’t have to worry about exorbitant installation fees.