New homes are more tightly constructed than ever before. Though this is great for efficiency, this means that less air infiltrates into the home and exchanges with the outside. Unfortunately, indoor air quality suffers if there isn’t sufficient ventilation. This is because pollutant levels can become elevated if there isn’t sufficient clean air to dilute their concentrations.
Contaminants and airborne pollutants become trapped in the home without a pathway to leave. Heat recovery ventilators (HRV) and energy recovery ventilators (ERV) are air exchangers that remove contaminants, stale air, and excess moisture while simultaneously supplying fresh, filtered air to the home. Mechanical ventilation systems with heat recovery are a great way to boost indoor air quality and home energy efficiency.
Fresh, Filtered Air for Your Phoenix-Area Home
Opening a window supplies fresh air into your house, but it wastes energy if your heating or cooling system is running. Windows can also bring in lots of dust and pollen into the home, triggering asthma and allergy symptoms. HRV systems filter incoming air from the outside, which improves indoor air quality and overall health.
Bathroom Exhaust Fans
Did you know that indoor pollutant levels are commonly two to five times greater than outdoor levels, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency? Many homes have bathroom exhaust fans and range hoods to remove excess humidity, fumes, and odors. Ideal Air Conditioning and Insulation installs bathroom exhaust fans to help solve humidity and air quality issues in Phoenix-area homes Although this is adequate for some homes, this may not be an sufficient ventilation strategy for tightly built homes or houses that are air sealed.
Energy Recovery Ventilators
Some homes lack gaps and cracks for air to flow between the interior and exterior. ERVs installed by Ideal Air Conditioning and Insulation provide a fresh air solution by constantly supplying clean, filtered air to your home while exhausting stale or contaminated air.
Energy recovery ventilation systems also promote home energy efficiency and healthy home air by transferring heat and coolness to the incoming fresh air stream and/or to the outgoing air stream. This allows for efficient use of your heating and cooling system, makes good use of your energy dollars, and boosts home health.
Are you looking for a better way to ventilate your home? Contact Ideal Air Conditioning and Insulation today to learn about heat recovery ventilators and exhaust fans!