home garage in need of ventilation

Garage ventilation is one piece of home maintenance that is too often overlooked. Here are 3 reasons why your garage needs proper ventilation.

1. Ventilate Garage Fumes

Many homeowners think it’s normal for their garage to stink. But that smell isn’t just an unpleasant odor. It can actually be dangerous. Fumes build up from stored chemicals like pool cleaners, floor polish, and other chemicals. Things like paints, pesticides, and gas cans add to the plethora of potentially dangerous fumes. Lawn equipment that contains gas adds to the fumes as well. All of these fumes together create a hazardous environment. If you have an attached garage that isn’t properly insulated from the rest of the house, those fumes are slowly seeping into the rest of your house. Even if the garage is insulated, the fumes may still seep through when the door connected to the house is opened. Proper ventilation allows fresh air to circulate through the area, clearing out the potentially hazardous fumes.

2. Disperse Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide is another potentially deadly hazard. Carbon monoxide is produced by vehicles, small engines, grills, lanterns, furnaces, and other fuel-burning appliances. It’s recommended to install carbon monoxide detectors all throughout your house. However, properly ventilating any space that contains fuel-burning engines or appliances–such as your garage–greatly reduces the risk of carbon monoxide building up to dangerous levels.

3. Vent Excess Heat from Garage

Excess heat in any storage space can damage everything inside. Whether you are storing your car, lawn equipment, or sports gear, excessive heat can decrease the lifespan of the stored items. There is also the danger of mold and mildew. An unventilated garage has a higher risk of mold and mildew build-up. This may damage items stored inside along with the building itself.

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