Basements and crawl spaces are the most problematic areas
Excessive moisture builds up from infiltration and everyday activities. These areas also lack ventilation which leads to a buildup of pollutants and moisture saturation. Tighter homes trap moisture and pollutants, creating an unhealthy and unsafe environment. Natural air flow pulls the pollutants upwards into the living areas affecting the whole house.
- BIOLOGICAL GROWTH Moisture fosters proliferation of mold, dust mites, bug infestation
- AIR POLLUTANTS Radon, Combustion Gases, Carbon Monoxide, VOCs
- STRUCTURAL DAMAGE Moisture can lead to wood rot of floors and beams and damage pipes and windows
- HEALTH ISSUES Moist, stagnant, polluted air can lead to respiratory ailments, asthma, and other health conditions
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
“Occupants in damp buildings have a 75% greater risk of respiratory ailments and asthma”
EPA and Surgeon General
“Need moisture control and ventilation to reduce asthma, illnesses, respiratory ailments…”
WAVE Ventilation – A Healthy Dry Home is Easy as 1-2-3
1. Expel…odors, stagnant moisture, mold spores, along with the indoor gases and pollutants from the lowest point where they are the most concentrated.
2. Replenish…with warmer, drier air from upper level to raise temperature and lower relative humidity. A fresher and healthier air supply from upper level dramatically improves air quality.
3. Ventilate…the entire area with a continuous airflow to extract saturated moisture in the structure, reduce biological growth and create a required air exchange. This will result in healthier, fresher air; benefiting the whole house.
It is a proven scientific fact that it requires less energy to heat or cool a dry environment compared to a damp one. The Department of Energy co-founded 2 studies examining humidity levels and overall energy use in different types of crawl spaces. Both studies showed that crawl spaces with mechanical ventilation and air replenishment maintained lower relative humidity levels and improved the HVAC efficiency of the entire house by more than 17%. The same operating principles apply in crawl spaces and basements alike.
The EPA recognizes the benefits of mechanical ventilation over a dehumidifier and recommends mechanical ventilation in their guidelines for the Indoor airPlus program.
WAVE Ventilation systems utilize computerized sensor controls to evaluate conditions and automatically adjust the airflow rate for optimal results and energy efficiency. WAVE Ventilation will transform your home into a drier and healthier environment all year round.