Insulation and air sealing work together to create an air-tight, protected barrier that helps prevent unwanted air and heat from moving in and out of your home. This keeps you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, helps your heating and cooling system run more efficiently, and reduces energy loss.
But without proper ventilation, the air in your home will get stale and stuffy, concentrations of air pollutants can increase, and the indoor air quality inside your home can drop.
Is your La Vergne, Belle Mead, or Brentwood home suffering from any of the following?
Stale or funky house smells
High dust levels
Indoor fungal or mold-like growth
If so, you could be suffering from inadequate ventilation!
So how much ventilation is enough? According to ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers), as well as the EPA, a well-ventilated house should have:
0.35 air changes per hour, but not less than 15 cubic feet of air per minute (cfm) per person
Intermittent exhaust capacities for kitchens and bathroom exhaust
Does Natural Ventilation Work?
Many homes, particularly older ones, rely mostly on “natural ventilation,” or simply use any existing air leaks, cracks, and gaps that develop in homes over time to draw in fresh air and push out old air. This is far from a perfect system, however, as homeowners are left with little control over:
Outdoor air pollutants like pollen, dust, and dirt
Incoming moisture and humidity
Keeping consistent ventilation throughout all areas of the home
Whole Home Ventilation Solutions for Middle Tennessee
Whole home ventilation systems cycle in filtered, fresh outdoor in your home. They can either be standalone units or tied into your central ductwork system.
One of the most effective ways to safely achieve recommended ventilation standards are ERVs and HRVs. Energy Recovery Ventilation and Heat Recovery Ventilation are HVAC systems that help cycle filtered outdoor air into your home while minimizing any loss of internal temperature. This means that if you have your AC running on a hot Tennessee day, you won’t have to worry about energy waste: an ERV can bring fresh filtered air inside without bringing hot outdoor temperatures with it.
Improve Your Indoor Air Quality with Home Energy Professionals
Having trouble with the air in your home? The team at Home Energy Professionals will work hard to find a ventilation solution that works for you, and we’ll help find a solution that improves your comfort and indoor health and air quality, and also increases your energy efficiency.
Get rid of the stale, unhealthy air in your home and replace it with a fresh, clean ventilation solution. Call or contact us to learn more today.
Improve the indoor air quality in your home.
Upgrade to whole home ventilation today.