Freshening the air inside your home can be tough when you are running your air conditioning or heating equipment. You will want to keep your windows closed, and make sure your home is properly insulated. This helps keep the treated air in your home, and save you from overusing your HVAC equipment. The hardest part of this is getting fresh air into your home. That’s where adding ventilation becomes crucial.
Ventilation from Cipollone and Aprilaire
When you seal your home or business up, it becomes difficult for polluted indoor air to escape. This can lead to health problems, odors, and trapped moisture that can lead to mold growth. According to Aprilaire and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), they have found that the air inside our homes is up to 5 times more polluted than outside air! Seeing as we spend about 90% of our time indoors, this is obviously something we should take care of.
Fresh air ventilation dilutes the stale indoor air, is energy-efficient, customizable to your home, and monitors your home’s indoor humidity levels. When you add fresh air and reduce the stale air, you are reducing airborne pollutants such as radon, odors, airborne viruses, and other allergens. These pollutants can cause respiratory infections, cardiovascular issues, and cancer.
The Three Types of Air Ventilation
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, there are three types of ventilation systems:
- Natural – supplying air without using mechanical forces – opening a window
- Mixed-mode – using a combined system of natural and mechanical ventilation to supply air – Opening a window and using a fan
- Mechanical ventilation – using a mechanical fan to push fresh air into the home – Using a fan and an exhaust system
The Benefits of A Mechanical Ventilation System
When we install an Aprilaire mechanical ventilation system, it uses a mechanical fan to push the fresh air into your home. Instead of just opening a few windows and hoping the air flows properly, a mechanical system is able to regulate the airflow, without messing up the comfort of your home that an open window sometimes does.
Fresh air helps to rid the air of pollutants including radon, odors, and airborne viruses that live longer in stagnant air.
Airborne viruses are transmitted more easily in environments with stagnant indoor air thereby increasing the chance of infecting others.