When the weather gets warm outside, I often walk into my apartment and wonder why it feels so stuffy and, sometimes, why it doesn’t smell like a bed of roses lain atop freshly sliced mangos with a cool ocean breeze blowing through.
Of course, it’s a bachelor pad, #1. And #2, I have a dog. Mix those to realities together for three years and no apartment is going to smell all that great.
But what I didn’t realize, until Wave Home Solutions asked me to review their services and tell you about them, was that there have been many more culprits leading to the stale, stagnant air quality than just me and my pooch.
As I learned, homes with excess moisture and not enough ventilation will be a breeding ground for mold, dust, mites, and insects. These domiciles will have high levels of gases, radon, combustion, VOC’s, toxic vapors that will eventually flow upwards. It can even lead to “Sick Home Syndrome,” which can cause respiratory ailments, asthma, and headaches. Luckily I’m not there yet.
Some other facts:
- EPA states that air inside a home can be 5 times more polluted than air outside.
- World Health Organization, EPA, Surgeon General all urge that homes be ventilated with adequate air exchanges and also control moisture levels.
- Dehumidifiers dry out the air but do not ventilate so you still have trapped toxins, pollutants and stale air.
- Dehumidifiers can cost $50/month in electric bills. Homeowners hate the maintenance – constantly emptying buckets of water.
So, what does wave ventiliation do? it ventilates and dries out the home by drawing damp polluted air from floor level of basement or crawl (through vents at the bottom of the unit) and expels it outside. Warmer, drier replacement air from upstairs is drawn into the basement or crawl through a vent. This not only dries out the structure but creates the necessary air exchanges needed for a healthy home.
And what’s great is that it costs pennies a day to run, it is maintenance free, and satisfaction is guaranteed.