Equal ventilation using a mechanical HVAC system offers many benefits to homeowners. For starters, good ventilation improves indoor air quality (IAQ) by preventing the buildup of airborne pollutants. Ventilation can also boost comfort by eliminating hot and cold spots. So far so good? Keep reading to learn how you can achieve equal ventilation in your home for better living.
Exhaust-only ventilation utilizes small exhaust fans that may operate continuously or intermittently to exhaust stale indoor air and moisture. Exhaust-only fans are typically used in the bathrooms and kitchen. This type of ventilation doesn’t produce equal ventilation, resulting in little benefit.
Supply-only ventilation uses a fan to bring fresh air into the home. Equal ventilation to each room can be achieved with supply-only ventilation if the ductwork system is used to disperse the fresh air. However, supply-only ventilation can pressurize the home and doesn’t allow for balanced air supply and air return if you also do not have a relief vent system.
Balanced ventilation systems utilizing separate fans for air intake and exhaust airflow is the better option. A balanced ventilation system does allow you to achieve equal ventilation, but there is one drawback: Air intake is unconditioned, which means you’re going to need to run the AC and heater more to keep your home comfortable.
Heat-Recovery Ventilation Systems
The best ventilation option to achieve equal ventilation in your Yuma-area home while maintaining comfortable indoor temperatures is a heat-recovery ventilator (HRV). HRVs are whole-home ventilation systems that use a heat exchanger to cool or heat fresh supply air.
The fresh supply air and the stale exhaust air circulate inside the heat exchanger. The air streams are separated by the thin metal walls of the heat exchanger. This allows the transfer of heat energy between air streams through the metal walls without the air streams mixing together. Therefore, an HRV allows you to achieve equal ventilation in your home while maintaining comfort and good indoor air quality.
If you would like to enjoy all the benefits of equal ventilation in your Yuma home, contact us at Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company to learn more.