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How long can you survive without air? Well, it does vary from person to person but certainly it will not go beyond even 30 minutes! Home ventilation is extremely important to maintain comfort, health, and indoor air quality in the home. Without proper ventilation, air in the home becomes stagnant. Pollutants and contaminants exist at higher concentrations, and moisture levels can rise, leading to the development of mold and other health related issues like headache, Irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, Respiratory Damages and more.
Architects and Interior Designers always ensure that the space they are designing is well ventilated. This includes all, from the bedroom, to kitchen to stairways to even the basement and garage. The right type of furniture and appliances, or the right amount of lighting can affect your physical, mental and emotional health in a positive way. The same is true for proper air flow to the extent that, it should be the most important consideration when designing your home.
There are mainly three methods that can be used to ventilate your home and they are:
Of course, in modern times we are heavily dependent on mechanical or artificial ventilation like fans, due to its ease of use, and the importance of natural ventilation in building is often neglected. Through natural ventilation fresh and natural air enters your home, it also prevents growth of parasites and molds and it can reduce the cost too. Thus, it is always wise to use the Mixed-mode Ventilation.
So, when mechanical ventilation is necessary, it can be implemented and for that let us explore some of the most familiar types of mechanical ventilation:
Ventilation in Home design is a broad topic to cover and there are numerous resources both online and offline covering this topic. There are design principles followed by architects to make a home well-ventilated. In the next sections we will cover all these topics including Cross Ventilation and its Benefits.