Poor ventilation is a problem that affects many homes but, like many other common problems, it’s important to know the signs so that you can identify and address the issue before it gets worse.
Why Is Poor Ventilation a Problem?
One of the major consequences of poor ventilation, and often the most noticeable, is increased levels of moisture inside the home, which shows as condensation. This condensation can build up, causing damp and mold growth, which can damage both your home and your health. Mold can be a difficult issue to deal with, so it’s much better to prevent it whenever possible.
Poor ventilation can also lead to health complaints on its own, as it allows pollutants and other contaminants in the air to build up in your home. This can cause issues including itchy eyes, trouble sleeping, coughing, and a blocked or runny nose, amongst others.
Recognizing The Signs
Fortunately, there are some telltale signs which make it easy to know when you’re dealing with a case of poor ventilation. The following five signs may not all be present, but seeing at least some of them often points toward ventilation problems.
Sign 1 – Excessive Condensation
If you notice a lot of condensation on the inside of your windows, on the tiled surfaces in your kitchen or bathroom, or elsewhere in your home, this may be a sign of poor ventilation. Condensation is caused by moisture in the air, and whilst it may be normal to see some localized condensation when taking a hot bath for example, there should be a reason for this and it should clear relatively quickly. If it doesn’t it may be a sign that something isn’t right.
Sign 2 – An Unpleasant, Musty Smell
Noticing an unpleasant, musty smell around your home can often be another sign of poor ventilation. This damp smell is similar to what you would expect from a cloth that had been left balled up and wet for a long time, and can be the result of a similar thing happening in parts of your home if your ventilation isn’t allowing the moisture to clear effectively.
Sign 3 – A General “Stuffy” Feeling
It’s something that’s hard to put into words, but you definitely know it when you experience it. The air feels heavy, and even though there’s nothing stopping you breathing it doesn’t feel quite right or quite as easy as usual. What you’re experiencing is usually caused by a lack of fresh air circulating into your home as a result of inadequate ventilation.
Sign 4 – Visible Mold
Hopefully you’ll spot the problem before it gets to this point, but mold is one unfortunate consequence of moisture building up due to poor ventilation. Any mold problems should be addressed as soon as possible to avoid further damage to your home and risks to the health of you and your family.
Sign 5 – Unexplained Fatigue and Other Minor Ailments
If you or your family find yourselves suffering from a lot of fatigue, dizzy spells, coughing, itchy eyes, or a runny or blocked nose much more often while you’re at home, ventilation issues could be the cause. Of course, many other issues could cause these symptoms and it’s always best to be careful with your health, but poor air circulation may be the root cause.
What To Do Next
If you begin to notice these signs and suspect that your home has issues with poor ventilation, there’s no need to panic. You should act fast, however, as the problem and any associated issues will be easier to deal with if you act soon.
Simple steps such as having windows open more can help, but the most effective and reliable solution is to contact an HVAC expert like Hoot. Once you do, we will be glad to assess your system, identify where any issues arise, and take the necessary steps for you to enjoy a perfectly ventilated home. Remember, we give a hoot! Call us today at 410-658-6564.