Of all the areas in your home that demand proper ventilation, your bathroom is one of the most important — and one of the most frequently overlooked. The good news is that if your bathroom ventilation isn’t quite up to par, it’s a relatively simple and affordable fix. Read on to learn more about why bathroom exhaust fans are so important and how to select the right one for your home.
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Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) and Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs) are balanced ventilation systems that remove stale, stagnant air from inside your house while adding back an equal volume of fresh outdoor air. As homes have become more tightly constructed and air-sealed to conserve energy, air stagnation and unhealthy indoor air quality have become acute. ERVs and HRVs not only ventilate with balanced air volume, but they also transfer heat. The advantages of both ERVs and HRVs depend largely on the status of air infiltration through cracks, gaps and other air leaks. Older, “leaky” houses typically benefit less from ERVs and HRVs than newer, airtight structures.
Whether they’re crawlspaces, storage spaces or fitted as lofts, attics don’t exactly have a reputation for comfort. Part of this is because they tend to be hot, stuffy, humid and poorly ventilated. Between indoor heat rising and solar heat hitting the roof and radiating downward, attics can rise to high temperatures. Often they’re not air-conditioned, which makes them a pocket of heat inside your home’s thermal envelope. That’s why home attic ventilation can be so helpful.
Buying an efficient ventilation system for your Fresno area home is important for several reasons. With today’s homes being constructed with an emphasis on energy efficiency, mechanical ventilation becomes critical if healthy indoor air quality is to be achieved and maintained. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollution can be much worse than outdoor pollution. The number one solution to counteracting unhealthy levels of indoor air is adequate ventilation.
With the San Joaquin Valley summer blazing away outside, you probably spend ample time considering ways to stay cool in your home. To many people, that means cranking up the air conditioning. Modern air conditioning provides efficient cooling, but often comes with a high energy price tag. Don’t forget the power and economy of a few good ventilation fans while you’re looking to stretch those cooling dollars. Adding ventilation fans to the mix creates a more efficient, money-saving, whole-house solution.
While the term “exhaust ventilation” may at first conjure up the idea of a garage fan installed to remove the carbon monoxide produced by your vehicles idling in that enclosed space, this is only a partially accurate description. Another type of exhaust ventilation system, for example, can remove heat and cooking odors from the kitchen stove area. In reality, however, exhaust fans can be utilized to freshen the air in several areas of your Fresno-area home, including:
The air quality in your Fresno area home is probably lower than you think. If you live in a newer home, or a tightly sealed older home, you may benefit from a whole-house ventilation system, which mechanically replaces stale, polluted indoor air with fresh, clean outdoor air. There are four major types of whole-house ventilation systems available, and this simple guide will help you choose the one that’s right for you.
Letting in fresh air through the windows is great, but not when the weather outside is uninviting, or the pollution index is high. The problem is that without adequate air exchange, the air inside your home quickly becomes more polluted than the air outside. The answer for comfortable summertime fresh air is an HRV.
Your home’s ventilation can make a big difference in the air quality indoors, as well as health issues affected by air quality. According to the federal EPA, indoor air can be much more polluted than outside air, and considering how much time we spend at home, it’s no wonder that improving indoor air quality can help with asthma, allergies and overall health.