Home Ventilation refers to the exchange of indoor and outdoor air. Without proper ventilation, an otherwise insulated and airtight house will seal in harmful pollutants, such as carbon monoxide, and moisture that can damage a house. Proper ventilation helps keep a home energy-efficient, safe, and healthy.
Why Ventilate? Gases from combustion appliances, like stoves and fireplaces, can accumulate in a poorly ventilated home and threaten your health and safety. Excessive moisture in the home can also threaten your health, and can lead to mold growth, ruin insulation, and even cause structural damage. Additionally, elevated levels of humidity can make cooling equipment work harder, leading to more costly energy bills. Ventilating a home combines the physical aspects of the house with techniques you can complete after the construction phase. Ductwork and exhaust fans can remove combustion gases from a home. Additionally, there are many ways you can prevent moisture from entering and accumulating in your home.
One of the best ways to vent an older home is the soffit/vented ridge cap method. Additionally, you can install turbines to passively move hot/stale air from your attic. Click here for an interesting article on pros/cons for each.
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Info derived from: Energy.gov