Basement Ventilation Products
Our homes are our sanctuary, so we want to know that we are safe and healthy inside. An important part of that is our indoor air quality, especially since we spend hours at a time relaxing and playing in the home.
Did you know that, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the indoor environment is anywhere from 3-5 times more hazardous than outdoor air, and sometimes as much as 100 times more hazardous? And, the EPA estimates that people spend about 90% of their time inside. Some of the pollutants in our air are especially harmful for children, elderly people & those with health problems.
When considering the health of your basement, the indoor air is of the utmost importance. That indoor air, when not properly ventilated at its source, has been proven to enter into the living environment. This lack of airflow through our homes is being linked by the FDA to severe health concerns such as influenza, asthma, viral infections, tuberculosis and even some types of cancer.
Good ventilation is as critical to your comfort and safety as a reliable heating system, a smoke alarm or a dry basement. Ventilation supplies fresh air to your home and dilutes or removes the harmful, stale air. Ventilation also prevents the growth of mold & mildew, which can cause or aggravate allergic reactions and lung problems such as asthma.
There are two basic approaches to ventilating your home:
- Spot Ventilation for localized pollution sources
- General Ventilation to dilute pollutants from sources that exist in many locations, most often in the basement.
This may sound simple but it’s actually key to improving your indoor air quality. Installing a ventilation system will let fresh, clean air into the home and flush out all those indoor pollutants such as fumes from cleaning products, gases emitted from paint/carpet/etc. (these are called VOCs), carbon dioxide, airborne allergens, smoke and odors from cooking and so on.