The Good and Bad of Ventilation

According to the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA), “Ventilation is the systematic removal of heated air, smoke, gases, or other airborne contaminants from a structure and replacing them with cooler and fresher air to reduce damage and to facilitate firefighting operations. ” This is something that is engrained into our subconscious throughout our entire career. Many of us simply summarize this definition with, “it lets the bad stuff out and the good stuff in.

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Passive Background Ventilation

Ventilation is essential to healthy living. Fresh air is good for us and it is also very good for the health of our buildings. This section focuses on ventilations systems in houses that cost nothing to operate. The same principles apply to other buildings. What is passive backgroud ventilation? It is a system whereby adjustable ventilation is provided to every room of the house by way of the window system.

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Automatic ventilation system

Business OPTIONS TO HELP SELECT A SUITABLE CONTROL. As buildings become increasingly airtight, awareness of mechanical ventilation grows. Proper ventilation is essential for removing excessive moisture that promotes mold and mildew buildup, which can deteriorate a building's structure. Mechanical ventilation also helps remove accumulated volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that affect indoor air quality (IAQ) and may cause health problems for occupants.

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Automatic smoke ventilation systems

"Systems designed to meet your specific air movement requirements" The simplest form of manual control incorporates a wall cleat working in conjunction with nylon covered steel cable. Alternatively, a winch operator can be supplied to control the ventilators in small groups. The most popular method of control is by means of compressed air. Pneumatic control panels can be sited in any convenient position and connected to the runs of ventilators.

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Attic ventilation system

What is the solar-powered Fan-Attic and what does it do? The Fan-Attic is a solar-powered attic ventilation system. As an "active" attic ventilation system, the Fan-Attic provides more effective ventilation than "passive" systems such as turbine vents. Furthermore, this effectiveness is free -- since the Fan-Attic is solar-powered, there are no wires to attach, and no electricity requred to run the unit.

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Attic ventilation requirements

I have a 2500sqft ranch in Tampa, FL that has 42 soffit vents and a full length ridge vent (new), along with two 2x3 ft gable end vents at the roofline. The attic is 15ft tall at the peak and has 12 inches of blown insulation it - but it is still very, very HOT and has almost zero airflow through it. When I open the pull-down attic door in my garage, it feels as if I turned on a BIG fan because of the air being sucked up there.

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Attic Fan Installation Cost

Avg. Time to Complete: 3-5 Hours, for 1 Installer Usually Includes: Attic fan, Installation Hardware, Supplies and Labor Attic vent fans, whether they are gable mounted, solar powered, un-powered, or roof mounted, are installed in the attic space of your home to circulate and vent the hot air from the attic during the summer months. Attic fans also promote better air circulation and ventilation all year round.

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Ventilation Explained Go to Ventilation Calculator to determine how much attic ventilation you currently have. Understanding attic ventilation A whole house fan works by pulling in large amounts of air into the house through the open doors and windows and blowing all that air into the attic. The air increases the pressure in the attic and then finds its way outdoors through the holes or vents that lead outdoors.

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Attic Ventilation Problems Share: By Scott L. Muka, S. E. P. E. Attic ventilation problems can cause elevated relative humidity in an unheated, residential attic. Elevated relative humidity in the attic can promote mold growth and increase the moisture content in the wood framing to a level that promotes fungal growth and rotting. A sustained relative humidity, which is higher than 60 percent (60%), is one of the essential elements for creating an environment that promotes mold growth.

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Attic ventilation calculation

Site Navigation[Skip] Ventilation Calculator Use this worksheet to calculate how much actual ventilation your attic has. Click on the magnifying glass symbol for a larger view, then print out the sheet and start measuring. Calculator Instructions: Go outside and identify the type and amount of vents in you house. Go into the attic to determine the actual size of the vent holes, the length (Amt) of the ridge vents, etc.

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