We’re lucky to experience relatively mild winters on average in Peachtree City. Every now and then, we even get to turn off the heating and open a window or two when the weather is mild. But during cold spells, the air in our homes can get mighty stuffy, as we keep the heating on and the windows closed. There are ways to freshen your home’s air in the winter, however, with the following ventilation options.
Fresh Air From a Window
If you have an older home, you may have cracks and crevices that allow a bit of fresh air to move inside. Although this isn’t an efficient way to ventilate, at least your indoor air quality is probably better than that in an airtight home. You can open windows a bit during the winter, just long enough to let stale air out, and let fresh air in.
Exhausting Stale Air
Bathroom and kitchen exhaust ventilation systems are often recommended to get rid of damp air in areas where moisture is likely to build up, causing mold and other problems. The air in these areas is also often stale, retaining cooking and bathroom odors. Exhaust ventilation should be ducted to the …
Choosing new a new HVAC system could be one of the most complicated purchases you make as a homeowner. While it’s important to pick the best one for your home, the quality of the HVAC installation is just as important as the equipment you choose.
Before selecting a contractor, be sure the company will:
Size it carefully.
A reputable HVAC contractor will complete a detailed load calculation using Manual J software. It requires inputs about the specifics of your home’s energy efficiency and your preferred temperatures, family size, and how many heat-producing appliances you use.
Skipping this step will lower the energy efficiency, system longevity and comfort the new system promises. When systems are too large, they run in short cycles. They have too much capacity to reach their optimal running speeds and will heat or cool your home before reaching their ideal efficiency.
Instead, they start and stop more frequently. HVAC systems use the most electricity when they first start, which also stresses all the electrical parts. Avoiding the short cycle by right-sizing the system avoids higher energy costs and premature system failures.
Thoroughly inspect the ductwork.
If you’re having a hard time coming up with unique Christmas gift ideas this year, why not give your spouse and family or someone else you care about the gift of greater home comfort? Here are some spectacular gifts that anyone on your shopping list will truly appreciate:
Giving your family the gift of a smart thermostat has a double benefit: it will help you save energy and money, plus it will give everyone a more comfortable living environment. With this kind of intelligent HVAC control, you’ll be able to remotely access and adjust your comfort settings from almost anywhere. Your new thermostat can also provide comfort control beyond simply managing your heating and cooling though, because it can also monitor other household issues like humidity and allergens and run your dehumidifier or air filtration unit when necessary.
Professional Duct Cleaning
A family member or close friend will thank you all year long for giving them the gift of clean ductwork. A professional cleaning thoroughly removes contaminants like built-up dust, pollen, animal dander and mold spores so they don’t recirculate through the HVAC system, which helps keep the equipment working properly and improves the home’s indoor air quality …
A heat recovery ventilator (HRV) represents a new solution to household ventilation issues. With today’s tightly-sealed energy efficient homes, it’s more critical than ever to get fresh air into the house. In the enclosed environment, indoor air quality suffers as pollutants, water vapor and airborne particulates accumulate.
Exhaust Fans Aren’t Enough
Simply exhausting indoor air with one-way exhaust fans isn’t an optimum solution. Because stagnant air removed from the house isn’t replaced by equal amounts of fresh air, the home becomes depressurized. This makes temperature control more difficult, causes the HVAC system to run longer and compromises indoor air quality due to infiltration of unfiltered air.
A Balanced Approach
A heat recovery ventilator consists of a central controller that incorporates separate intake and exhaust fans. The intake system draws fresh air through a filter and distributes it throughout the house through dedicated, small-diameter ductwork. Meanwhile, the exhaust system draws stale air out of the house through separate ducts and exhausts it outdoors. The controller ensures that the volume of air drawn into the house by the intake fan equals the air volume removed by the exhaust fan, thus maintaining balanced indoor air pressure.
Heat Recovery Matters
Going green is no longer just a trend – it’s a way of life. These days, people are being urged to make changes that will help improve the planet. You can do your part with the use of green heating; that is, the use of more environmentally friendly ways to heat your home.
Here are five techniques that many homeowners are turning to:
If you’ve been thinking about going green at home, it’s likely that you’ve considered solar power. Harnessing the sun comes with numerous benefits, like the fact that the sun isn’t leaving anytime soon. It doesn’t take long before the system pays for itself due to lower energy usage.
The heat coming from inside our planet is just as usable as the heat coming from above. A geothermal system is able to capture that energy and use it to heat a home at a lower cost than a traditional heating system.
Unfortunately, steam is often overlooked as a way to heat a person’s home. Steam radiators, though, are becoming more popular as homeowners are realizing the energy and monetary benefits of these units. Yes, many steam heating systems use fossil fuels …