Modern Kiwi homes are built in a way that they’re virtually weatherproof and while that might sound very appealing in winter, it means ventilation suffers. There’s little to no natural airflow to perform the cleansing process every home needs. Older homes do allow in some air through the gaps that invariably appear as the building ages, and while too much draught is not welcome, a little bit is actually quite helpful in ventilating the interior of the home and improving air quality.
This is why we see our home ventilation systems as the perfect additions to modern and older homes. For a start, they dry out the air and remove excess moisture which is a particularly big problem in properties that are more than 20 to 30 years old. But our ventilation systems can also reduce indoor air pollution, and this is particularly helpful in modern designs where affected air has nowhere to escape.
While it is often thought that it is outdoor air pollution that really harms us, interior air quality must also be considered, especially as far as fumes are concerned. You might be surprised at all of the things in the average home that give off potentially dangerous fumes. They include:
- Wood burners, gas heaters and other fuel-burning appliances that release carbon monoxide.
- Natural gas ovens and heaters can release nitrogen dioxide which affects the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose and throat and can cause shortness of breath.
- Particulates including dust and pollen which exacerbate respiratory conditions.
- Furniture, carpets, and drapes can give formaldehyde, a common preservative and adhesive in these products.
- Paint manufactured up to the late 1970s contains lead which can be released as the paint ages.
- Personal care products, household cleaners, solvents, pesticides and chemicals used for hobbies can emit fumes that may lead to nausea, dizziness, allergic reactions, and irritated eyes, skin, and lungs.
That’s a very toxic cocktail of fumes potentially hanging in the air inside your home. And in a modern design where the home is sealed to such an extreme degree, it will stay in the air for a dangerously long time. This is why we believe our home ventilation systems perform a very important function in transporting polluted air away from the areas where people relax, dine and sleep. To find out more about home ventilation, and all of the benefits they can deliver, contact us and we’ll help to clear the air.