Don’t you love the feeling of being inside a house with open windows in the spring or fall? The fresh air is energizing and the temperature is just right. One of the main reasons you feel so comfortable during those rare perfect days is because you are breathing air that is much cleaner than the indoor air you breathe the rest of the year.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists indoor air pollution as a major health threat. Whether your indoor air is contaminated with radon, stale tobacco smoke, mold and mildew odors, or is filled with fumes emanating from new carpets or furniture, you and your family will be more comfortable and enjoy better health if your house has an effective ventilation system.
There are three main ways to effectively ventilate your house:
- Open doors and windows to let fresh air into your home.
- Install a whole-house attic fan or use kitchen and bathroom vent fans to exhaust stale air from your house.
- Install modern ventilation equipment built into your heating and air conditioning systems to pull fresh air into your house as it expels stale air to the outside.
Opening windows for ventilation is most effective when the outdoor temperature and humidity are mild and the fresh air will keep your indoor conditions comfortable. An attic fan or other vent fans also work best in mild weather. When you turn an attic fan on, you also need to crack windows open to let sufficient air into the house.
Modern ventilation equipment incorporated into heating and air conditioning systems is well suited to tight, energy-efficient houses with little natural indoor/outdoor air exchange. This equipment exchanges heat between the indoor air and outdoor air so that you don’t lose much energy by expelling your conditioned air outdoors, and it will control the humidity of incoming air to keep your home comfortable.
Stack Heating & Cooling has been helping homeowners throughout the greater Cleveland area maintain optimum indoor air quality and comfort for 35 years. Contact us, and we’ll be happy to help you find the best ventilation system for your home.
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