You probably use your kitchen and bathroom ventilation fans regularly to help remove cooking smoke, lingering odors and steam. These are obvious and immediate indoor air quality issues. Other indoor air quality issues, such as allergens, germs and VOCs, aren’t as obvious day to day, and may be trapped and proliferating in the rooms you spend the most time. Keep reading to learn about ventilating options to make your home more healthful and comfortable.
The most important areas in your home to ventilate are the rooms you spend the most time. These are typically your bedrooms and living rooms. Bedrooms which you frequently keep doors closed are especially important to ventilate to alleviate stuffiness. Further, you’ll rest better.
Every time you open an entry door or a window, there is air exchange. Air exchange also occurs through air leaks. Though, if your home is tightly sealed for better efficiency, it’s also sealing in pollutants. The problem with ventilating your home via windows, doors and air leakage is that you have very little control and weather often doesn’t permit.
Forced-air ventilators move air through your home using a powered fan. Balanced ventilators use two fans — one to supply fresh air to your home and an exhaust fan to remove equal parts of stuffy indoor air. This type of system is favorable over supply-only or exhaust-only ventilators that alter your home’s air pressure and force air infiltration.
Another drawback of balanced, supply and exhaust ventilators is temperature control. If you are using these systems on a very warm or cool day, you’ll need to run your HVAC system to cool or heat fresh air.
The best forced-air ventilating machine is an energy-recovery ventilator (ERV). ERVs maintain balanced indoor air pressure, and it exchanges heat energy and moisture between indoor air and fresh outdoor air via a heat-exchange core. In this way, it’s easier to control indoor humidity, and you use less energy to condition fresh air.
To learn more about ventilation options for your Peachtree City home, contact Powers Heating & Air today!
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.
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