Ventilation Options to Improve Your Brunswick AL Home’s Comfort

Published on: June 8, 2012

Homes in Brunswick AL, as well as other cities in the southern states, need adequate ventilation and AC maintenance to improve indoor air quality and increase the home’s comfort level. There are several options for improving indoor air quality in homes in southern locations such as Brunswick AL. Some studies report that the indoor air quality in homes may be as much as five times more polluted than the air outside. Proper ventilation in the home is necessary to improve and maintain healthy indoor air for you and your family.

Ventilation options that will improve the air quality in your home include:

Installing vent fans in the bathrooms and kitchen in your home. Vent fans installed in the bathrooms and kitchen areas will remove excess humidity from the air. Excess humidity can cause mold and mildew in damp areas of the home. In addition, vent fans remove harmful pollutants from the air, such as household sprays and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). VOCs may be released into the air from building materials, paint and adhesives.

Using products that contain low or no VOCs. VOCs impact the air quality inside the home, particularly in homes without adequate ventilation. Since the 1970s, homes are built to be more energy efficient by sealing the space to contain the indoor air. This means that the same air within the home circulates and recirculates. Indoor air quality is greatly diminished with the use of sprays, paints and other products that contain VOCs.

Keeping up with the maintenance of your AC unit. Proper AC maintenance consists of routine cleanings, as well the occasional repair when needed. An AC maintenance professional will be able to perform ductwork cleaning or may be able to recommend a company that will clean and/or repair ductwork. Dirty or leaking ductwork will allow pollutants to be released into the air. Cleaning and maintaining ductwork is vital for the overall performance of your AC system, and helps keep the air inside the home of ideal quality.

Using an AC filter with a MERV rating of 6 or greater. The higher the MERV rating for the AC filter you use, the more effective the filter will be at trapping and collecting harmful particles in the air. Filters with higher MERV ratings will be more effective at trapping particles such as mold spores, dust, allergens and pollen. Without a proper and highly rated filter, the indoor air quality and health of your family will suffer.

The better the filter that is used in the HVAC system, the cleaner the air will be inside the home. Standard disposable AC filters that can be purchased in supermarket or discount stores generally are not very effective at removing harmful particles from the air. These filters typicall have a MERV rating of between 1 and 4. Permanent metal filters are also fairly ineffective at removing harmful particles from the air. Select an AC filter with a MERV rating of 6 or greater to ensure that the air is filtered and harmful particles are trapped in the filter.