Ventilation issues in the home can impact the overall indoor air quality in the house. In addition to comfort, there may be some unaddressed ventilation problems that could contribute to health risks in numerous ways. According to Envirovent, "without a good source of fresh air in your home, condensation and mold problems start to arise which can cause problems to your health and home."
These health issues are a significant reason to have detectors or sensors that can tell you when there is a risk.
Here are five best detectors that can alert you to any ventilation issues in your home.
Photoelectric smoke alarms detect the presence of smoke. The smoke enters the optical chamber and causes the light from the light beam to trigger a sensor, which activates the alarm. The light scatters the smoke when it makes contact.
Carbon monoxide detectors can detect high concentrations of gases present. This detector is especially beneficial in cases where there are gas or oil furnaces, where these type of leaks occur. Having a carbon monoxide sensor near these appliances and even near your garage door is recommended to prevent any potential safety hazards.
Systems can be equipped with water sensors. The water sensors are placed strategically throughout the areas prone to damp conditions, such as your home’s crawl space or the attic. These sensors may even be placed around your washing machine, dishwasher or your refrigerator.
Some systems alert you to the presence of water. This type of system is commonly used with a sump pump that may be located in the crawlspace.
Indoor air quality systems can track airborne contaminants introduced into the air. They promote improved indoor air quality. Quality, clean air is introduced into the home once the level of pollutants have been assessed.
The fresh air is released as a way to fight off volatile organic compounds into the room. The amount of new air increases as the VOC levels decrease. According to the EPA, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids."
Night purge ventilation systems are useful during the summer months. The system employs a technique called passive cooling that is used to improve the energy efficiency of a building. When the indoor temperature with standard heat loads shows a need for cooling, the air from outside of the structure is used to cool the building internally. The process is called night purging. The energy efficient cooling method lowers energy costs by reducing the need for cooling.
The newest technologies in indoor air quality monitoring for ventilation systems have yet to be introduced and are still in their infancy stages. Homeowners can make their properties safer and regulate their indoor air quality systems using these different ventilation monitoring systems.
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