One important aspect when building a house has to do with ventilation. Ventilation means the supply of fresh air and removal or dilution of stale air within your home. Proper ventilation in your new construction home is critical for many reasons. However, when it comes to choosing your ventilation options, it can be challenging to understand the terms. When talking about more visual aspects of your construction such as cabinet styles or paint colors, most know the basics. When it comes to ventilation, it may not be as clear. Two of the most common terms when considering ventilation for your home includes low sone fans and air exchangers. In this article, we will talk about the importance of ventilation, shed some light on what these terms mean, and discuss how they apply to you.
Comfort is one of the key reasons home ventilation is necessary. It helps to keep your interior cool when the weather is hot, and warm when the outside is colder. It also helps take care of unpleasant odors. However, proper ventilation is also important to your safety. Irritating pollutants and dangerous gasses are safely removed. It also will help to reduce the likelihood of mold or mildew growth that can also have serious adverse effects on health. Ventilation is also good for your pocketbook. It will eliminate excess moisture from the air to help prevent windows and attic eaves from rot. If your insulation is damp, it will likely cause higher heating and cooling bills. Your carpet, electronic equipment, paint, wallpaper, and other items are also prone to damage if your home is not well ventilated. Finally, insects are drawn to moist areas so poor ventilation can lead to an unpleasant infestation. In a new home, proper ventilation is even more important than older homes due to the quality of modern building methods and materials. Drafty windows and doors, for example, are less likely in new homes, so fresh air must be vented in to prevent damage or harm.
Low Sone Fans
Low sone fans are one type of ventilation used in new home construction. A low sone fan essentially describes a kind of ventilator that has a quiet running motor. Sones are a sound measurement that considers sound in relation to the comfortable hearing level of an average individual. The lower the sone, the quieter the noise. Low sone fans for the purpose of ventilation come in several different types. These include an exhaust ventilators, range hoods, and bathroom fans. Fans are used in ventilation to either push out stale air from inside or blow in fresh air from the outside. When selecting fans for your home, low sone fans are an excellent option. Fans, which direct air one way differ from an air exchanger.
Air exchangers are a component of a ventilation system that moves air both into and out of your home to supply the appropriate balance of fresh air. They consist of two separate fans to do this, as well as a heat exchanger. The heat exchanger transfers the heat or energy from one airstream to the other. For example, if you are heating your home in the winter, the cold air coming in will be heated through the transfer of energy from the warm, outgoing air. It saves you a great deal in heating and air conditioning costs and prevents you from dealing with too much or too little moisture. The reason an air exchanger is important is because a house that is over-ventilated is just as harmful as one that is under-ventilated. The air in your home would become extremely dry and use excessive amounts of electricity.
Your builder is the best source of information help make decisions about your new construction home’s ventilation system. However, understanding these two basic terms can be a great help.
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