The subject of indoor air quality has never been more relevant than it is today, with the impact of Covid-19. Not surprisingly given the worries about the virus and everyone being forced to spend more time at home, one of the most common questions our customers have for us these days is centered on how to keep indoor air safe, fresh and clean.
Learning more about indoor air quality and the host of problems that can result if it is poorly maintained only adds to the sense of importance and urgency. As an example, when there is not enough ventilation in an indoor air environment, it can exacerbate underlying health problems and sleep issues. A lack of proper ventilation can even be a trigger for Sick Building Syndrome.
In addition to ensuring a residence or a commercial building simply has a better smell and an increased level of comfort, proper ventilation can help to reduce the amount of toxins in the air. But aside from just opening a window, what steps can be taken to make sure a home has adequate ventilation and enough fresh air inside?
One critically important factor that many home owners are not aware of is the placement of exhaust vents for dryers and gas ranges. In fact, it is often a surprise for many to learn that, if a dryer vent or any other type of exhaust vent is placed within 10 feet of any vents that are designed to bring fresh air back into the home, the fresh air ducts will just bring the exhaust right back inside. Obviously, this defeats the purpose of having fresh air ducts operating at all.
Another tidbit about dryer vents that my technicians and I have found a little surprising is that some home owners end up going weeks, months or even years without the dryer vent hooked up properly. This is due to the fact that the hose clamp on the vent can slip off if the machine is pulled away from the wall to be adjusted or repaired. Since the dryer vent is out of sight, it is easy to see how people may not realize that it has come loose. Whatever the cause, having the dryer vent directly into the room is certainly not ideal.
Having a second set of eyes on something can be an effective strategy for ensuring that critical issues such as the outdoor placement of exhaust vents don’t get overlooked. One of our driving principles is to take this sort of consultative approach to customer service. Our goal is to provide our clients with the resources and information that they need to make educated decisions, which is their most solid business plan.
Here at Green Dot we also understand that no two homes are alike — that a solution that might work for one home might not work for another. Similarly, there is no such thing as a one-size-all approach to improving ventilation or indoor air quality.
This is partially why designing and installing a system can be a little time consuming, as we take all things into consideration, including width and height of doorways, the amount of windows, and the square footage of your space. This helps us deliver a final product that is specifically curated to fit the needs of your home. We have a variety of systems available, which are designed to encourage outdoor air circulation in a way that maximizes efficiency and ventilation.
To schedule a consultation about how to improve the air quality and ventilation inside your home, please call 910-791-0480, text 910-612-0052, or email [email protected].
Chris Jones and the team at Green Dot HVAC are committed to provide their clients with a consultative, transparent approach, driven by innovative technology and a diligent work ethic. With a team of highly trained and versatile technicians, a focus on helping clients make informed decisions, and a commitment to deliver substantial value, Green Dot HVAC is a leader in the Southeast North Carolina marketplace. To arrange a free at-home consultation, a repair/installation or simply find guidance about the nuances of modern heating and air conditioning systems, call 910-791-0480 or text 910-612-0052.
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