When it’s wintertime, the air in your home may get a little stale. In an effort to make homes more energy-efficient and to reduce the cost of utilities, home builders have invested in making homes more air-tight. That’s great, unless you have poor ventilation, in which case your home retains smells, feels stuffy, and your overall air quality is poor. You might be tempted to open a window, but that just lets the heat out.
The good news is you can properly ventilate your home without ruining your energy-efficiency. There are two main ways to ventilate your home in the winter: local ventilators and whole-home ventilation. We’ll discuss both below.
Specific spaces in your home generate the most stale air and contaminants that reduce your air quality. Your kitchen generates humidity and smells. Your bathroom does the same. And your laundry room can also create contaminants and humidity. It is most efficient if you ventilate these spaces before the contaminants can spread throughout your home.
We can install local ventilators at these key spots. You then choose when to run the ventilation system, so that it is not pouring heat out of the house all of the time. Instead, using it for a few minutes after a shower, after you cook, or after you dry your laundry, can help improve your home’s air quality.
Whole Home Ventilation
Of course, sometimes you need more of a breath of fresh air. You can get better air quality in your whole home with ventilation systems that are powerful enough to move more air. A whole-home ventilator runs continuously and will cycle through the entire volume of air in your home. It can get rid of more persistent air quality problems and make your whole home feel fresh.
Whole-home ventilation is particularly great if you have these problems:
- High humidity
- Cigarette smoke
- Other smoke
- Chemicals from furniture, finishes, etc.
How does whole-home ventilation work in the winter? HRV systems or heat recovery ventilation systems allow you to cycle air without losing all of your heat. The vent takes heat out of your home’s air before venting it outside. As it draws in new air, it adds that recovered heat to the new air. You lose a very small amount of heat and can have continuously fresh air.
To learn more on how to ventilate your home to ensure you and your family have cleaner air this winter, contact our experts at Cedarwood ClimateCare today.
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Which ventilation method is right for you? You may even need a combination of both in order to get the freshest air in your home. The experts can help you make the right decision.
Want to have fresher air this winter season? Give Cedarwood ClimateCare a call today to learn more about how to ventilate your home.