When it comes to whole home comfort and indoor air quality, there aren’t many things like breathing in fresh, clean air throughout the year. Of course, the climate in Cedar Rapids may not make that seem probable during hot and cold months, but there is an often forgotten piece of indoor air quality that gets overlooked: ventilation.
When most people think about ventilation, they usually think about propping open a few windows throughout their home or using their screen doors. While this is still ordinary, it’s not realistic year-round in Cedar Rapids. That’s where we can be thankful for the improvements in technology that have left us with heating and cooling equipment that creates the same effects of having your windows or doors cracked open for ventilation.
Today’s ventilation systems work by pulling just the right amount of fresh air from outside, providing you with the advantages of traditional ventilation while getting rid of odors, chemicals and other contaminants from your home’s indoor air. The process not only provides you with nicer feeling air, but it also removes stale air from your home, helping make your home’s air as comfortable as it can be without wasting energy.
Selecting a ventilation system is pretty easy as there are two sorts of systems used: Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) and Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs). Nearly all of the United States, and all of Canada, are recommended to use HRVs as a result of the environments in those areas. ERVs are nearly exclusive to southern regions that have increased humidity levels.
Ventilation is just the beginning of things when discussing indoor air quality. If you’d like to find out more about all that you can be doing to improve your home’s indoor comfort, check out the other blogs we’ve written on indoor air quality. From dehumidifiers to air filtration and air purification, the team at Ilten's know indoor air quality. Schedule an appointment by calling them at 319-208-2351 to take your home’s air quality to another level.