With the focus on energy efficiency, today’s homes are built tighter than ever before. While sealing up a house leads to improved energy consumption, there can be unwanted health related outcomes and structural issues later on. It’s essential to control and maintain a healthy environment year round and protect the value of your home. Everyday activities such as laundry, cleaning, bathing, cooking, even breathing, add to indoor moisture levels, which if unventilated will stagnate and saturate into a home. Excess stagnant moisture nourishes the harmful biological growth of mold, odors, dust mites, termites, asthmatic triggers and other infestations. Lack of ventilation may lead to moisture saturation and damage to the structure such as wood rot, buckling of floors, rust and condensation.
Indoor air quality can be 5-100 times worse than the air outdoors, due to our exposure to chemicals, VOC’s, combustion gases, infiltration of radon and toxic vapors. Building materials and furnishings have formaldehyde and other chemicals that are constantly off gassing. There are a myriad of heath related studies that focus on the need for sensible ventilation, moisture control and air quality control to be proactively protecting occupants from everyday exposure to natural conditions and normal activities.
Numerous studies and independent reports continuously highlight how poor indoor air and water quality can negatively affect your overall health and well-being.
Moisture Related Problems
“Occupants in damp buildings have a 75% greater risk of respiratory ailments and asthma” – World Health Organization
“The Institute of Medicine found sufficient evidence to link exposure to damp indoor environments in general to upper respiratory tract symptoms, coughs, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people and with asthma symptoms in people with asthma.” – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
“When not enough air circulates, pollution builds up indoors. Sometimes efforts to make buildings more energy efficient can backfire by not allowing enough air to move, building up pollution.” – American Lung Association
“The influence of relative humidity on the abundance of allergens, pathogens, and noxious chemicals suggests that indoor relative humidity levels are a factor of indoor air quality.” – U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Indoor Air Pollutants
“On average, we spend about 90% of our time indoors where pollutant levels can be 100 times higher than those outside. Indoor pollutions are estimated to cause thousands of cancer deaths and hundreds of thousands of respiratory health problems each year.” - EPA
“Air pollutants impaired lung development in children. Adults exposed to high levels of pollutants are more susceptible to premature death from pulmonary and cardiovascular disease.” – University of California Study
“Exposure to air pollution contributes to cardiovascular illness and mortality. Short-term exposure can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, arrhythmias and heart failure in susceptible people, such as the elderly or those with pre-existing medical conditions, according to the statement.” – American Lung
A sensible ventilation is as essential as your heating and cooling system and in actuality even more so. It should be easy to integrate, maintenance free, energy efficient and automatically adjusting to prevailing conditions. It needs to focus on primary sources of moisture and indoor air contaminants, and improve the environment for the whole house. The most problematic air in a house is in the basement or crawl space, where the surfaces are the coldest and moisture naturally permeates from the outdoors through home foundations. The lack of ventilation, excess moisture and high concentration of gases and pollutants contributes to an unhealthy environment and structural damage. Airflow patterns will pull contaminants upwards into living areas, and contribute to the Sick Home Syndrome. Left untreated, these problems only get worse with time.
A Wave Ventilation unit automatically expels the entire problematic air mass in basements and crawl spaces and replaces it with a healthier fresher air transforming these areas into a comfortable, healthy environment. The process creates a whole house air exchange several times daily, reducing moisture related problems and air pollutants throughout the entire home, as required by health and building authorities.
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