For the majority of the year, my family relies on either the gas furnace or central air conditioner for comfort.
During the winter, we face temperatures below freezing for months at a time.
There are endless amounts of snow, a bitter windchill and sometimes the temperature drops all the way to twenty below. The furnace runs pretty much non stop and is absolutely essential. Although we wait anxiously for the outside weather to warm up, we then get hit with extreme heat and humidity and are forced to turn on the air conditioner. I always hope for an opportunity to open the windows and bring in fresh air. With the house sealed up tight, the air can quickly become stale, musty and unhealthy. To avoid energy waste, it’s necessary to prevent leaks to the outside. However, this eliminates essential ventilation and traps all sorts of contaminants inside. The dust, dander, odors and other allergens get spread through the house, endlessly circulated by the heating/cooling system and potentially breathed by my family. A lack of necessary ventilation can lead to a long list of health concerns, including respiratory infection and aggravated symptoms of allergies and asthma. The easy and effective solution is to implement a ventilation system. I chose a heat recovery ventilator because it helps to trim energy costs while improving comfort. The ventilator brings in a steady supply of fresh air all year round. It continually replaces the stale, existing air to keep the house cleaner and healthier. The system takes advantage of the outgoing air to preheat the incoming air and lessen the strain on the furnace. During the summer, it helps to expel excess moisture, reducing demands on the air conditioner. The ventilation system has significantly trimmed utility costs and paid for itself.