You’ve most likely seen the acronym HVAC in your day to day life but never gave much thought to what the letter ‘V’ stood for. Ventilation is an important aspect of keeping your home comfortable and indoor air healthy. Read on to learn what a ventilator is, how you might know you need one and how they work for your Brentwood, TN, home.
What Is Ventilation?
Ventilation is the exchange of outdoor and indoor air and how freely that air flows. Proper ventilation keeps a home energy-efficient, healthy and safe as ventilation removes harmful pollutants from the air of the home. A home with proper ventilation is comfortable and has proper humidity levels.
How to Know If Your Home Needs a Ventilator
Today’s homes are tightly constructed to prevent drafts and air leaks, making your home feel stale and stuffy. However, these tighter construction standards, unfortunately, lead to contaminants in the indoor air staying, such as car fumes from the garage, VOCs from aerosol products and more. These indoor pollutants also lead to your HVAC system needing maintenance more frequently.
Energy recovery ventilators bring in the fresh air, remove the humidity and heat and circulate it through the home. This type of ventilator works best with climates that have long, humid and warm summers. The US Department of Energy states that this type of ventilator recovers about 80% of the energy used to cool or heat air.
Heat recovery ventilators transfer the heat from warm, outgoing air to the incoming fresh outside air. This ventilator works best in climates with short summers. It can also cool the incoming air during the summer.
Outside of work, your home is where you and your family spend the most time. Therefore, it only makes sense that you want your home to have the ventilation it needs. Contact Busy Bee Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning today for ventilation solutions to improve your indoor air quality.
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