Insulation And Heat-Recovery Ventilation: Why They Just Go Together

If you have made the effort to increase the insulation and seal up leaks in your home, you could have a very airtight and energy-efficient residence. The most insulated and sealed your home is, the less heated or cooled air can escape through the walls, attic and gaps between windows and doors.

This is excellent news for energy savings — but the air quality in your home is likely to suffer. With nowhere for moist, stale indoor air to go, it simply builds up in your home and can lead to health problems, lingering odors and moisture-related problems. That’s why heat-recovery ventilation and insulation go hand in hand.

Strong ventilation is the answer to indoor air-quality problems. A heat-recovery ventilation system in particular is ideal for reducing energy waste. The system works like a charm. A few air ducts are purposefully placed in locations such as the bathroom and kitchen where the most moist, polluted air tends to be generated.

The heat-recovery ventilation unit, which is continually running in the attic, sucks air into it from these locations. On its way to the exterior of your home, the air passes through a metal box with multiple air channels. At the same time, fresh air from outside is sucked in and passes through a separate channel in the metal box. The two channels never mix, but nearly 80 percent of the heat from the moist, stale outgoing air is transferred to the cold, fresh, incoming air.

The end result is a tightly sealed home with low utility bills accompanied by fresh, unpolluted air. Homes that aren’t tightly sealed don’t necessarily need heat-recovery ventilation systems because the leaky walls provide enough ventilation, along with hefty utility bills. For this reason, insulation and heat-recovery ventilation just go together.

If you are concerned about the quality of air in your home, and you’re interested in learning more about heat-recovery ventilation, please contact Powers Heating & Airin Peachtree City today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about insulation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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