November marks the beginning of National Lung Month, and it’s a time to keep your breathing in check. Everyone wants to breathe in healthy and clean air, but sometimes our indoor air quality poses as a challenge. Airborne dust and pollutants can circulate throughout the house unknowingly and create many different health problems. If you’ve become more prone to headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea, or worsening allergy and asthma symptoms while at home, it may have something to do with your indoor air quality.
Maintaining the cleanliness of your home is a good way to limit the number of airborne toxins present in the air, but it won’t solve the issue entirely. A great way to improve indoor air quality and maintain the humidity in your home is with an Energy Recovery Ventilator system, or ERV.
You may have heard of ERVs before, but they are not to be confused with a Heat Recovery Ventilation system, or HRV. Both systems remove stale and polluted air from your home and replace it with fresh air pulled from outside. Amazingly, some of the heat from the air that is being cycled out of your house is transferred into the incoming outdoor air. This maintains the warmth in your home and also increases the efficiency of your furnace while decreasing your energy bills.
The major difference between the two systems is how ERVs deal with humidity. An ERV can redirect the humidity in your home, rather than expelling it entirely with the rest of the stale air. This helps improve overall home comfort, especially during the winter months when air is more commonly dry. An added bonus is that ERVs can also help with dehumidification during the summer, where they can transfer out the humidity in your home instead of recirculating it!
Contact HAMCO for information on ERV installation!
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