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Ventilation introduces fresh air into your home—without it, air pollutants can build up and create stale indoor air, leading to:
Total Home Performance offers whole home ventilation solutions including ERV and HRV units that provide balanced and controlled ventilation throughout your home, improving indoor air quality and creating a healthier living environment for your family.
What can happen if your house has poor ventilation? Here are just some of the issues that local Eastern Shore homeowners tell us they’ve experienced:
When we get calls about humidity and moisture issues or indoor air quality problems in an Eastern Shore home, oftentimes we look to improve are crawl spaces and basements.
But sometimes crawl space encapsulation or waterproofing isn’t enough to address comfort and health issues in a home, especially for people with high sensitivity to air pollutants and contaminants. In these cases, whole home ventilation installation can be necessary to create a healthier, more comfortable home.
You have a dusty home
Persistent mildewy or moldy odors
Excess humidity and moisture
Occupants experience allergy-like symptoms, all year long
Why do people say they’re “stepping outside to get some fresh air”? Because indoor air can be up to two to five times as polluted as outdoor air. But outdoor air can be very humid, especially during an Eastern Shore summer. Opening the windows can help ventilate your home, but you’ll also be introducing moisture and humidity, which can lead to mold growth and discomfort.
Homeowners will also ventilate their homes with exhaust fans in their bathrooms or above their stoves. But exhaust fans aren’t a whole home ventilation solution—they can create negative indoor air pressure that will pull in outside air through cracks and air leaks in your home’s exterior, exposing you to the same issues that an open window does.
Mechanical whole home ventilation like ERVs (energy recovery ventilators) , alongside whole home dehumidifiers, introduce fresh air into your home without the added humidity, and they can even do it while minimizing additional energy consumption.
Not only is the air cleaner in a home with proper ventilation and filtration, but the surfaces will be as well. By giving dust, dirt, and other particles a place to go, they will no longer settle in the nooks and crannies of your home.
By reducing the contaminants in your air, you are reducing the respiratory triggers in your home. Triggers can include VOCs from cleaning products and other chemicals, allergens like pollen and pet dander, dirt, mold, and much more. This is particularly good news for those that suffer from respiratory conditions like asthma and allergies.
Dehumidification can reduce indoor humidity, meaning your home will be less stuffy and uncomfortable, especially in the summertime. The less humidity in your home, the less chance you will run into mold and mildew issues down the line!
Total Home Performance works to understand the needs of the occupant as well as the needs of the home to design a home improvement plan that meets both.
Our whole house ventilation units can be installed either as a standalone system with its own ductwork or attached to your home’s existing duct system. We run careful calculations to ensure that precise whole house ventilation requirements are met and your new ventilation system is sized to properly deliver fresh air throughout your home.
We also offer a variety of services to address poor indoor air quality, humidity, mold, and other common unhealthy home problems, including:
Upgraded air filtration & purification options
Whole house ventilation systems (like ERVs)
Proper venting & possible replacement of bathroom fans, kitchen fans, and clothes dryers
With our Healthy Home Assessments, Total Home Performance’s Healthy Home Division will be your guide through the entire process, helping you get to the bottom of the issues you’re experiencing in your Eastern Shore home to find a long-lasting solution.