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March 18, 2016

Is Your Home Suffering from Poor Ventilation?


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When people hear “HVAC,” they automatically think heating and cooling. But equally important is ventilation. At Gold Star Services, we know that your Wilmington HVAC system is only as good as your ventilation.

In this blog, we’ll explore the complications of poor ventilation in your home. If you find that your home has any of these symptoms, it may be time to call Gold Star, your HVAC company in Wilmington, for a ventilation evaluation.

Complications From Poor Ventilation

The air quality in your home is directly related to how well your ventilation system works. Without proper ventilation, your home won’t be able to circulate warm or cool air. This means your heating and cooling will be less efficient, and allergens will not be filtered out. This can lead to unhealthy air that can wreak havoc on the health of those living in your home. These are just some of the unhealthy conditions that can occur:

  • Mold & mildew
  • Musty odor
  • Stale air
  • Condensation
  • Poor health, such as allergies, pneumonia, fatigue, headaches, nausea, dry eyes and nasal congestion

These are all warning signs that the ventilation in your home may not be sufficient. But there are other, often unseen, effects. High humidity can cause your pipes to rust. Your heating and cooling systems have to run harder, leading to higher utility costs. In turn, overworking leads to a shorter lifespan for your HVAC unit. These are all costly problems that can be prevented with proper ventilation.

There is even a threat to your roof, which is a key component in ventilation. Excess moisture in your roof can cause:

  • Mold or mildew. Mold loves a humid environment. Aside from health problems, it can also breakdown the sheathing.
  • Saggy or spongy decking. Persistent moisture dissolves the adhesives that hold the sheathing together, causing it to warp, sag, or feel spongy when walked on. This weakens and compromises your roof.
  • Roofing deterioration. Aside from ruining the roof decking, excessive heat and moisture can damage the underlayment and shingles. Cracking and curling shingles may be a sign of inadequate roof ventilation.

A roof is expensive to replace, so you want to make sure you address the underlying issues first. It would be terrible to get a new roof, only to see it quickly destroyed by poor ventilation!

Turn to the Wilmington HVAC Company You Can Trust

At Gold Star, the air quality in your home is important to us. We are the HVAC experts in Wilmington, with the know-how to improve your home’s ventilation. Whether it is updating your HVAC unit, or installing a Honeywell air purifier or electric air cleaner, we know what will work best with your home.

When it comes to the health and integrity of your home, choose the #1 HVAC business in Wilmington. Request a free estimate today!

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