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3 Benefits of Balanced Ventilation Systems

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Home builders have increasingly taken efficiency seriously in recent years, constructing homes with tighter and tighter energy envelopes. Older homes, by contrast, often contained air leaks that forced HVAC systems to work double-time. While the higher efficiency of new homes helps to keep heating and cooling bills at a minimum, it can have adverse effects on indoor air quality.

In an ironic twist, those leaks in older homes actually helped to keep indoor air fresher. Fortunately, homeowners can derive the same benefit from the installation of a balanced ventilation system. If you would like to learn more about such systems, keep reading. This article outlines three key benefits of a balanced ventilation system.

1. Improved Air Quality

As you can probably already guess, the chief benefit of a balanced ventilation system has to do with the quality of the air in your home. A home without a ventilation system ends up using the same air over and over. As a result, oxygen content drops through respiration, and the levels of contaminants slowly build up.

Such contaminants include everything from dust, to cooking smoke, to vapors from household cleaners, to off-gases released by building materials. Ultimately, the air inside of a home with a tight energy envelope may be as much as 10 times more polluted than the air outside.

Many people attempt to improve indoor air quality simply by opening a window. While this will allow some fresh air in, it doesn't work as well at removing that stale air. A balanced ventilation system, by contrast, ensures optimal air quality. Not only does such a system pipe new air into your home, but it also releases stale air through a second vent.

2. Improved Health

The EPA has estimated that as many as 3.8 million people around the world die each year as the result of indoor air pollution. In addition to the pollutants discussed above, poor quality air may contain a range of substances that pose serious health threats to you and your family. These substances include gases like carbon monoxide and formaldehyde, as well as toxic mold and mildew spores.

Exposure to contaminated air can lead to a range of health problems, including headaches, lack of energy, nausea, and irritated eyes and throat. If present in high enough quantities, gases like carbon monoxide can even lead to death.

A balanced ventilation system ensures that, no matter what contaminants manage to infiltrate your home, they won't remain there indefinitely. Instead, those contaminants pass out of the home with the stale air.

3. Improved Efficiency

If you own an older home compromised by serious air leaks, you should seriously consider having an HVAC contractor tighten your envelope and install a balanced ventilation system. Over time, the improved efficiency of this system will help to offset the upgrade cost. The chief difference lies in the ability of a balanced ventilation system to regulate the amounts of air moving into and out of your home.

While air leaks can accomplish the same thing in terms of air quality, no way exists of controlling the amount of air that gets in. As a result, air leaks cause your HVAC system to work much harder and longer than it should. A balanced ventilation system uses high powered fans to move controlled volumes of air in and out at certain times.

This kind of regulation minimizes the impact on your HVAC system. Those who live in especially hot or cold climates can further improve efficiency by opting for a balanced ventilation system that contains a heat recovery unit. This unit works like a heat exchanger to move warmth from the exiting stale air to the incoming fresh air.

A balanced ventilation system ensures that you and your family only breathe the freshest of air. For more information on having such a system installed in your home, please contact our HVAC professionals at AC Technical Services.