Your garage can be an unhealthy place for you and your family. Vehicle exhaust and toxins such as benzene, acetone, formaldehyde, and xylene can build up in your Jacksonville Beach, Florida, home. Gases often leak out of gasoline, paint, pesticide, and glue containers, and you may also have pests or biological growth. These contaminants can cause headaches, dizziness, fatigue, asthma, allergy symptoms, rashes, and other health problems. The carbon monoxide from car emissions could be deadly, and heat trapped in your garage in summer makes the area uncomfortable. The best way to ensure that your garage is properly ventilated is by using an exhaust fan, adding vents, and installing a ventilation system.
Using an Exhaust Fan
An exhaust fan can remove contaminated air and replace it with outdoor air before it impacts your health or makes you and your family uncomfortable. If you’re running a vehicle, painting, producing dust from cutting wood, or doing similar activities, always leave your garage door open or turn the exhaust fan on. You should also check your insulation for gaps that could let pollutants into the rest of your home.
You can add vents that don’t need additional energy. Roof turbine vents have open slats, and they spin in the wind to pull air away from your garage. Static vents look like the air vents in your home. They’re usually installed with one near the ceiling and another near the floor. Hot air leaves the upper vent, and cold air enters through the lower one. They both have angled slats to keep rain away.
Installing a Ventilation System
An energy recovery ventilator removes stale air and brings in fresh air. It also heats or cools incoming air while conserving energy for those with air-conditioned garages.
Abaco Air Experts is a Trane Comfort Specialist with more than 50 years of HVAC and indoor air quality experience. We can help make sure your garage gets adequate ventilation. For outstanding service, call us anytime at (904) 268-3800.
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