When you picture indoor air quality, you might imagine the fresh, clean spring air drifting through an open window and a comfortable home—a feeling you may wish for all year. Unfortunately, the weather in the Bay Area makes this difficult during the more severe months. Should you just give up this fresh air just because the weather isn’t cooperating? The answer is “no.” With good ventilation, your indoor air quality can be at its finest—no matter what it’s like outside.
Ventilation is more than just opening a few windows or doors in your home. While it's definitely revitalizing on picturesque, mild days, it’s not something you can do throughout the year in the Bay Area. The positive is that technological advances have allowed us to create the benefits of clean, fresh air flowing through your windows and doors using your heating and cooling equipment.
By simply pulling in just the right amount of fresh, outdoor air, today’s ventilation systems provide you with the perks of conventional ventilation like eliminating odors, chemicals and other contaminants from your indoor air. This process eliminates stale air from your home and generates nicer feeling air. It’s a good way to make your home’s air as comfortable as possible without wasting energy.
There are two types of ventilation systems available: Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) and Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs). Because of the climate, it's recommended that homes in most of the United States and all of Canada to use HRVs. ERVs are used most heavily in the muggy southern regions.
Improving ventilation is just one thing you can do to get better indoor air quality. We’ve got many other ways to help you improve indoor air quality, from using dehumidifiers to improving air filtration and utilizing air purification. Give Contra Costa Heating & AC a call at 510-343-9841. We are here to do everything we can to improve your home’s air quality.