There's a well-established tradition in this country that workplaces should be safe, as free of work hazards as possible, and that they should be well ventilated so that workers can minimize exposure to airborne particulates. However, few of us give much consideration to the need for adequate ventilation and good indoor air quality in our home craft or work rooms.
If you have central, forced-air HVAC for heating and cooling your home, it relies on a network of ducts that are essential for proper air distribution through the system. The ducts themselves are routed behind the walls, ceilings or floors, so all you see are the HVAC vents that cover the duct openings. Learning how to identify these vents and understanding their purpose can make it easier to keep your HVAC system operating reliably and efficiently, and help ensure your home comfort.
Proper garage ventilation is important not only for the garage environment itself, but also for the home it’s attached to. A garage is typically a source of unhealthy fumes and unpleasant odors. These include poisonous carbon monoxide emitted by vehicles that enter the garage, fuel fumes from lawn mowers and other powered equipment, and vapors including toxic volatile organic compounds released by various paint and solvents often stored there.
Can a heat recovery ventilator solve the problem of keeping indoor air quality fresh and healthy? Today’s tightly sealed energy efficient homes include one drawback: lack of fresh air. This means the enclosed indoor environment often stagnates as fumes, airborne particulates and water vapor accumulate to high levels.
Closing up the house and turning on the furnace sure makes things cozy in winter -- although sometimes it's a little too cozy for comfort. The fact is, an airtight home can be downright stuffy.
Flinging open a window to get some fresh air may seem counter-intuitive. With the furnace on, aren't we wasting money, letting warm air out and cold air in? Yes, if you leave the window open for long, or open it too wide, that might be the case. But once the furnace cycles off, it really won't hurt to crack a window now and then to let in some fresh air, and let some of the stale air out.
You're not just producing culinary masterpieces when you cook. You're also introducing steam, smoke, airborne particles and odors into the home's air. If you don't have kitchen ventilation, you probably know this already. Fortunately, kitchen ventilation is not that expensive to add, and it's worth the effort and cost.
A lot of humidity gets added to your indoor air from daily activities like showering and bathing. If you don't have adequate bathroom ventilation, that excess moisture creates a hospitable environment for mold and mildew, degrades your air quality, overworks your cooling equipment and increases your energy bills. Here are some helpful tips on how to use ventilation to avoid these problems.
Without good ventilation, the Fort Wayne area's humid springs and summers can get a little stifling. While your air conditioner can help, there's a more budget-friendly way to get fresh air: your windows.
Thoroughly insulating your home is a double-edged sword. As it helps you retain heat, it also retains moisture. As a result, you may encounter moisture-related problems such as structural damage and mold growth. A ventilation system such as a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) can help you avoid these issues. Here's how it works and how it could benefit your home.
Is your bathroom properly ventilated? Even if you've got an exhaust fan installed, you may be surprised to learn that your system still isn't doing your home a lot of good. Fortunately, it's fairly easy to evaluate your existing bathroom ventilation and make the necessary improvements to protect your home's building components and your family's health. Read on to learn about proper bathroom ventilation.
If you're serious about ventilating your Fort Wayne area home, you'll probably want to consider a balanced ventilation system. These systems – either a Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) or an Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) – aggressively exchange stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air. While doing so, they also exchange heat energy in the two parallel airstreams to minimize the amount of conditioned air that gets exhausted from the home. So what's the difference between an ERV and HRV?
Balanced home ventilation won't happen by itself. Most houses today are tightly sealed to minimize air exchange with the outdoors and maximize energy efficiency. Simply installing spot exhaust fans or opening a window here and there doesn’t get the job done. For optimum cooling and heating performance and efficiency, interior living spaces should always be in a state of neutral air balance. A heat recovery ventilation (HRV) system, or its close cousin the energy recovery ventilator (ERV), ensures balanced home ventilation and preserves indoor temperatures and air quality. Let's look at how these two systems are similar and different.
The weather is warming, and many Fort Wayne homeowners are looking for ways to beat the stuffy summer heat. While air conditioning, ceiling fans and proper humidity control play a large part in keeping your home comfortable, you shouldn't overlook home ventilation. Ventilation can be one of the biggest factors in keeping your home cool and your indoor air quality high.
If you constantly notice condensation in your garage, you may have a humidity problem on your hands. Since mold and mildew may start to grow when your garage is humid, it's important to get moisture problems in check as soon as possible. Here are some tips that can help keep your garage safe and dry.
Exhaust fan systems have a number of benefits including the purification of air and elimination of excess heat. So how do they aid your home’s ventilation? Here are several ways that exhaust fans improve air circulation in your home.
An airtight home will help you save money on energy, but it could also diminish the quality of your indoor air as not enough fresh air can get inside to replace the stuffy, dirty air that accumulates, especially during the winter. One way to combat this is to install a whole home ventilation system. A good ventilation system will be quiet, and should run continuously and automatically. You do not want your whole home ventilation system to raise utility bills significantly, or be noisy or drafty.
It’s the time of year to open up the windows and let in some fresh air. However, even in the springtime, the weather outside isn’t always conducive to doing so. Read on to learn how HVRs and ERVs can deliver fresh outside air to your home any time of year without paying exorbitant energy prices to condition fresh air.