It’s a humid day!

Proper ventilation is essential to indoor air quality.  It’s important to both introduce fresh outside air and expel stale indoor air.  This process gets rid of contaminants and helps combat issues with humidity. Because I live in an area with extreme weather, ventilation is often lacking.  When the temperature is down to twenty below zero or up above eighty degrees, we need to operate some type of heating or cooling system. In most households, heating and cooling make up over half the energy budget.  It costs a small fortune to keep the home comfortable all year round. We need to take every precaution to prevent energy waste and trim monthly costs, and there’s never a good time to open the windows. I’ve invested in new, Energy Star rated windows and exterior doors, caulk, weatherstripping and insulation.  By tightening up the house, I’ve managed to reduce the workload of the heating and cooling equipment. I’ve also eliminated necessary ventilation. My house was clammy and dusty in the summer months, and overly dry and stuffy during the winter months. Dust and other airborne allergens were a constant problem and threat.  My husband and children complained of headaches, congestion, sore throats, itchy eyes and difficulty sleeping. After some research, I realized we were lacking sufficient ventilation. I’ve since hired an HVAC contractor to install a heat recovery ventilation system. The ventilator works 24/7, all year round, bringing in fresh air without energy waste.  It actually uses the outgoing air to preheat the incoming air, reducing the workload of the furnace. In the summer, it helps with humidity and lessens demand on the air conditioner.

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