Until a little over a year ago, I paid no attention to the ventilation of my home.
- My main focus was eliminating energy waste.
I am never happy with the amount of my energy bills. I’m always looking for ways to reduce the workload of the gas furnace and air conditioning. I’ve substituted to Energy Star rated, thermal pane windows and meticulously caulked around them. I spent a truly unpleasant weekend replacing the insulation in the attic. Along with adding weatherstripping and new exterior doors, I’ve installed ceiling fans and a smart thermostat. While my efforts have tightened up the apartment and helped to reduce energy losses, I’ve also eliminated natural ventilation. Because the outdoor temperature fluctuates between the mid eighties and negative digits, there’s rarely an opportunity to open the windows. The people I was with and I switch from running the gas furnace to relying on the air conditioning. The tightly sealed apartment traps all sorts of contaminants inside, but cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene products, pesticides, pets and all sorts of things negatively impact indoor air pollen levels. The heating and cooling plan can add to issues and continually circulate allergens throughout the house. Breathing in these pollutants can lead to all sorts of health issues for my family. When I expressed my issues to an Heating, Ventilation, and A/C dealer, he suggested the installation of a ventilation system. I chose a heat reclaimy ventilation plan that brings in a steady influx of fresh air to improve the cleanliness, health and comfort of my home, and during the winter, it uses the outgoing air to sizzling up the indoor air, lessening the demands on the gas furnace. In the summer, the ventilator helps to get rid of excess humidity and minimize strain on the air conditioning.