Heating and air-conditioning systems do more than regulate the temperature of your home. When an HVAC system is working properly, the ventilation plays a large part in keeping a family safe and healthy. Ventilation (the V in HVAC) is the exchange of air to the outside and the circulation of air inside the home. There are several reasons to be sure that ventilation systems are in clean and good-working order.
1. Efficient Temperature Control
Many people understand that the main purpose of installing a heating and air conditioning system in the home is temperature control. What many fail to realize, however, is that a clean and well-maintained ventilation system is key to getting the most out of the system. If a home’s ducts are dusty, or filters are not kept clean, it will reduce the efficiency of the system. This can lead to higher costs because it will run more often than necessary in order to maintain the preferred temperature. Not only that, but a healthy ventilation system is less likely to cause a system failure that could put a family at risk for exposure in extreme temperatures.
2. Oxygen Replenishment
A lack of proper ventilation in the home can lead to air pollution. Oxygen is vital to every part of maintaining a healthy mind and body. Poor air quality will reduce the amount of readily available clean oxygen and this can lead to many health problems. Effective ventilation can also reduce the chances of carbon dioxide buildup and even protect a family from the possible carbon monoxide poisoning that can be caused by natural gas HVAC systems.
3. Removal of Unwanted Contaminants
A well-maintained ventilation system can also remove unwanted contaminants from the air in a home. The ventilation in a home is meant to remove a variety of unwanted particles, bacteria and odors. It also removes moisture, which is important to maintaining the humidity levels in the home. The presence of smoke, dust and potentially harmful mold spores can be greatly reduced with proper cleaning of ventilation systems. In addition, the aerosolized fecal matter of rodent or insect populations can be very harmful to a family’s health if released into the home through unclean ducts.
It is important to keep a home’s air quality at safe levels. A well-maintained and clean ventilation system is one way to ensure the health of a family. The duct system is responsible for stirring the air and maintaining temperatures. Keeping the ventilation system clean can protect a family from health problems and high energy costs.