Creating a tight building envelope for your Centerpoint, Alabama, home is a smart way to keep your energy consumption low. However, some homeowners don’t realize that this can also compromise your home’s ability to ventilate naturally. Worried that your home has a ventilation problem? From dust accumulation to mold growth, watch for three signs that your home needs better ventilation.

Dust Accumulation

If you’ve seen more dust than normal around the house, it’s easy to chalk it up to a busy week or an inconsistent cleaning schedule. If increased dust accumulation persists, though, poor natural ventilation may be to blame. When your home suffers from poor ventilation, dust and debris are more apt to settle, and dust mites and other pests can thrive. To tackle this problem, the One Source Heating and Cooling team often recommends investing in a heat-recovery or energy-recovery ventilator. These units work with your HVAC system to ensure a constant flow of fresh air without wasting energy.

Lingering Odors

Odors that just won’t go away can be particularly frustrating, but when they’re confined to a single room or a limited area in your home, consider it a sign that your home’s ventilation isn’t up to snuff. Fortunately, a system like the Preferred Heat-Recovery Ventilator can help. These systems continually flush out stale air and lingering odors while bringing in fresh, clean air. Since they recover and reuse some of the energy from the outgoing air, these systems are energy efficient, too.

Mold Growth

Green or black spots in dark, wet areas like the bathroom, basement, or laundry room can also signal that you have a problem on your hands. Inadequate ventilation and high humidity typically cause mold to grow, and a system like the Legacy Series Energy-Recovery Ventilator can address both issues at once. These systems are designed to improve ventilation while reducing summertime humidity, resulting in a healthier home.

If you’ve noticed any of these signs in your home, don’t wait another minute to improve your ventilation. Call the indoor air quality experts at One Source Heating and Cooling: 205-209-4246.

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