The Importance of Balanced Home Ventilation

Modern construction techniques have produced homes that are tightly sealed and thoroughly insulated, which dramatically improves their energy efficiency but introduces other problems. Without an adequate ventilation system, indoor air pollutants such as dust, pollen, pet dander and chemical vapors tend to stay in the air longer, potentially causing or contributing to certain health problems. A balanced home ventilation system can help keep the air in your Southwest Florida home cleaner, improving your comfort and health.

Why a Ventilation System Is Important

In great enough concentrations, chemical vapors, dust, pollen and other indoor air pollutants can cause symptoms like congestion, a runny nose, coughing or fatigue in healthy people, and it can make conditions like a cold, the flu, allergies, asthma and other breathing conditions worse. By installing a ventilation system, you can constantly circulate fresh air throughout your home regardless of the weather, eliminating pollutants like chemical vapors and filtering out dust, pollen and other particles.

Why Choose a Balanced Ventilation System?

There are several types of ventilation systems, including exhaust, supply, balanced and HRV or ERV. The exhaust system is relatively inexpensive and draws air out of the home, which is replaced by outdoor air through vents, windows or leaks in your home’s outer envelope. As it draws in the replacement air, often pollutants can find their way in.

Supply ventilation systems filter and bring air into the home, exhausting the air through vents, windows or leaks. By pressurizing the inside of the home, supply systems keep out more pollutants, but can lead to condensation and moisture problems.

A balanced ventilation system is a combination of both supply and exhaust systems, drawing in filtered air and simultaneously exhausting an equal volume of stale air. This prevents pressure changes in the home and ensures that the air inside is always fresh and clean. HRV and ERV systems are balanced systems that recover heat and energy from the air as it is exhausted.

To learn more about balanced home ventilation systems, talk to our team at Conditioned Air. We serve the Southwest Florida region, including Sarasota and Ft. Myers.

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