Due to the need to retain warm indoor air and keep cold air outside, ventilation may be the last thing on your mind while preparing your home for winter. But tightly sealing your home can make indoor air more stale and germy, provoking health problems such as dry skin and sinus infections. So how do you ventilate your home in the winter? Here are a few ventilation options for this season:
Energy Recovery Ventilation Systems
One excellent and cost-effective way to ventilate your home in the winter is by installing an energy recovery ventilation system. There are two kinds of energy recovery systems: ERVs (energy recovery ventilators) and HRVs (heat recovery ventilators). ERVs transfer moisture and heat from the exhausted indoor air to the fresher incoming air. HRVs only transfer heat.
You can pair an ERV or HRV with a humidifier or dehumidifier to achieve maximum comfort.
Exhaust fans are useful in areas that are prone to moisture buildup such as kitchens and bathrooms. They expel excess humidity, helping prevent moisture problems such as mold growth and structural rot. Run your bathroom exhaust fan when showering and the kitchen fan when cooking.
While opening a window isn’t an attractive prospect in the winter, it can help you aerate your home quickly. You can leave a window in the bedroom slightly open during the night. You can also open a door or window in your home once a day for a couple of minutes to bring fresh air in as damp air exits.
Do you usually turn your heating system off at certain times, like before bedtime or when leaving for work? Opening up a window or door briefly during these times can also help aerate your home and reduce condensation.
By making use of the above ventilation options, you’ll get fresh air into your home without compromising on comfort. To learn more about proper home ventilation, please contact us at Cool Power. We’ve been helping homeowners in the Long Island area with their home comfort needs since 1976.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about ventilation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 631-292-0629.