Not so long ago one of the most important piece of advice for for good health was to “get out and get some fresh air”. Have we forgotten the importance of good clean fresh air in these days of the automobile society and fast paced living?
Our health is our wealth. We must do everything we can to maintain it. Studies have shown that fresh air makes us feel better, clears out our lungs, re-energizes us and increases our thinking capabilities. In today’s busy working environment we spend the majority of our lives indoors whether we are working, sleeping our lounging in front of a television. It is essential that we live and work in environments where we can frequently breathe fresh air.
To create a comfortable living and fresh air environment in homes and offices one must have the right ventilation setup. Currently structures are built with heavy amounts of insulation, and frequently use central heating systems. In order to avoid stuffy clogged uncomfortable environments, homes and offices must be designed with ventilation in mind for the health of the people who live and work within the structure itself. This means proper amounts of insulation placed selectively in areas like wall cavities, beneath wooden floors, and well-built fireplaces with adequate draft systems. Attics must be insulated while allowing a free flow of air via roof vents which prevent condensation from taking over, and water massing occurring. Water massing can have devastating consequences involving substantial damage and repair costs. When buying a home it is always important to have the ventilation and any dehumidifiers checked by an inspector who can ensure that an adequate amount of air circulation is available throughout the home. This individual will know the local building codes and make sure the builders did their job right when setting up ventilation to ensure that your space is cool and warm when you need it to be.
Depending on the structure of your attic, builders will use different strategies, keeping in mind the goal of continuous air flow. An attic space that has rafters will require room between the insulation and the roof sheathing with soffit vents and roof vents installed. It is vital that this room be left between the ventilation and insulation for fresh air to pass through. An attic room will require a ridge and roof vent placed closely to the eaves to draw in air past insulation. A flat roof will require additional ventilation with soffit vents placed all along the eaves. Attic vents offer an intriguing and advantageous supplement to existing and new buildings’ ventilation producing better circulation levels, and increased airflow which helps cool your space down. For the best results they must be installed carefully, and tailored to the specifications of the home or office.
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