What is Balanced Ventilation?

September 14, 2019

The climate-control experts at Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning have years of experience in keeping Seattle-area homes comfortable in every season. We have learned that there is more to your indoor climate than keeping the right temperature. You also want air that is fresh, clean and easy to breathe. This is where home ventilation comes into play.

Why Ventilation Matters

If fresh air from the outside cannot get in, impurities will build up in the inside air. These include the larger dust particles that you can see floating around on a sunny day as well as smaller particles like pollen and pet dander.

At an even smaller level, you will find volatile organic compounds like those released from beauty and cleaning products. Sensitive people can have allergic reactions to these impurities. Even those who are less sensitive may have headaches or fatigue if the air is stale. You need to get the old air out and the fresh air in.

Balanced Ventilation

In modern buildings with tight construction, ventilation has to be more than just opening a window. A balanced ventilation system is one where fresh air is drawn in at the same rate that stale air is vented out of the building.

In a typical design, fresh air enters the high-occupancy areas like living rooms and bedrooms. Stale air is vented out through bathrooms, kitchens and other less-occupied areas. This way, the home has fresh air where you need it the most.

Efficient Ventilation Solutions

One of the concerns about home ventilation is that it reduces the efficiency of your climate-control systems. Heat recovery ventilators improve efficiency by creating a heat transfer. During the heating season, heat is transferred from the stale air to the fresh air. Your home gets the fresh air you need without sacrificing energy efficiency.

If you have questions about your indoor climate, Brennan Heating & Air Conditioning can help you with your heating, cooling, and air quality needs. Our skilled technicians have the climate solutions you need for your home. Contact us today for more information.

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