Ventilation: A Breath of Fresh Air for Your Cedar Rapids Home and Indoor Air Quality08/12/2015 When you think of indoor air quality, you might envision the fresh, clean spring air coming through an open window and a comfortable home—a feeling you may wish for all year. Unfortunately, the weather in Cedar Rapids makes this difficult during the less pleasant months. But do you have to give up this fresh air just because the weather isn’t playing fair? The answer is “no.” With appropriate ventilation, your indoor air quality can be premium—despite what it’s like outside. Ventilation involves more than just opening a few windows or doors in your home. While it's absolutely refreshing on beautiful, mild days, it’s not something you can do just any day in Cedar Rapids. The bright side is that technological advances have allowed us to create the benefits of refreshing outdoor air using your heating and cooling equipment. By simply pulling in just the right amount of fresh, outdoor air, today’s ventilation systems provide you with the perks of standard ventilation like eliminating odors, chemicals and other contaminants from your indoor air. This process purges stale air from your home and produces nicer feeling air. It’s a fantastic way to make your home’s air as comfortable as possible without wasting energy. There are two types of ventilation systems available: Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) and Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs). Because of the climate, it's recommended that homes in most of the United States and all of Canada to use HRVs. ERVs are used most heavily in the muggy southern regions. Improving ventilation is just one thing you can do to get better indoor air quality. We’ve got a number of other ways to help you improve indoor air quality, from using dehumidifiers to improving air filtration and utilizing air purification. Give Ilten's Incorporated a call at 319-363-0283 or schedule an appointment online. We are here to make your air cleaner and your home more comfortable.