The ventilation part of a heating and cooling system plays an important role in maintaining the air quality of a building. While it is easy to overlook this part of the unit when your house or workplace stays relatively cool or warm, you should be aware that ventilation issues can lead to serious problems on your property, such as mold growth and the spread of allergens through the air.
When air is not allowed to properly flow in and out of a building, the air inside becomes stagnant. In humid climates, this can also lead to the buildup of moisture indoors, which creates the perfect environment for mold and fungus to grow. In improperly ventilated buildings, there may also be areas that allow heated or cooled air to leak out so that the entire heating and cooling system must work harder to maintain the required temperature.
There are several components that play a role in ventilation: the vents, fans, and ducts which connect to your heating and cooling system. Depending upon your building’s needs, you may also have special exhaust fans and vents that usher contaminated air out of specific rooms, such as the kitchen and restroom areas. Buildings with high levels of moisture may also need special dehumidifiers added to the system to help dry out the air.
Proper ventilation requires a delicate balance of each of these components working together to maintain proper air flow, while also filtering out potential contaminants. For this reason, your seasonal inspections will include services such as making sure that the blower fan on your unit is working properly and that there are no holes in the ventilation system that allow air to escape.
Over time, it is possible that one of these essential components will fail. As a property owner, you want to watch out for signs of ventilation problems, such as noticing stagnant air or foul odors that linger in a specific area of the building. You may also notice signs of moisture which is commonly seen when there is peeling wallpaper or wet paint in certain areas of the building. When the airflow is incorrect, you may also find that doors randomly shut from drafty spaces and air comes through the cracks around a shut window.
When a problem occurs with the vents or ductwork, it can also cause inefficient heating and cooling. For instance, a hole in the ductwork may allow the air to leak out before it reaches a specific room. Prompt repair of problems such as these allows the entire system to work more efficiently.
Our team at AME Plumbing believes that fresh air promotes better health as well as comfort. Give us a call today so we can make sure your property has proper ventilation to create a healthy environment.