Your home’s indoor air quality matters. Here’s why you need to service your ventilation system
You spend a lot of time in your home, so the air you breathe must be clean and healthy. But unfortunately, many people don’t realize indoor air quality can be just as bad – if not worse – than outdoor air quality.
Indoor air quality matters
Did you know that indoor air pollution is one of humans’ most significant health hazards? And that, without regular cleaning, your home’s ventilation system becomes a breeding ground for germs and other pests in a matter of months? When you think about it, the significance of cleaning and servicing your home’s ventilation system becomes more apparent.
In the modern age, we have become increasingly cautious about avoiding exposure to harmful pollutants while going about our daily routines in the outside world. But what about at home, where we should be able to unwind and rejuvenate? Have you considered whether your house (or workplace) is making you sick without being overly dramatic?
Sick building syndrome (SBS) is characterized by skin, eye, and throat irritation, headaches, drowsiness, and irritability. SBS doesn’t sound like a lot of fun. That’s why regular servicing your home’s ventilation system is essential for your health.
If you’re not sure whether your indoor air quality is up to scratch, there are a few tell-tale signs to look out for:
- Do you suffer from allergies or respiratory problems?
- Do you notice musty smells when you enter certain rooms in your home?
- Do you see mould or mildew growing anywhere in your house?
- Do you feel fatigued or have headaches after spending time indoors?
If you answered yes to any of the above, it’s time to take action. There are a few things you can do to improve your indoor air quality, such as:
- Regularly cleaning and dusting your home
- Vacuuming carpets and upholstery
- Changing air filters
- Opening windows to let fresh air in
- Avoiding the use of harsh chemicals
Your home ventilation system must work correctly to keep your house mould-free and free from dampness. Like most other energy systems in your home, MVHR and MEV units require annual inspections and maintenance. Doing so is also necessary to maintain the manufacturer’s warranty.
Your system’s filters need to be cleaned regularly and replaced every 6 to 12 months to ensure that the air quality in your home does not deteriorate. Also, dust and other debris can accumulate over time, causing the fan in your system to become impinged (and noisy). Lack of maintenance puts the entire system at risk of failure, resulting in significant financial consequences.
Contact the team at Cool Runnings if you have any further questions about your home’s air quality or would like to schedule a ventilation service or repair. They’re experts in the health of your home’s air.