Ventilation: A Breath of Fresh Air for Your San Jose Home and Indoor Air Quality

August 12, 2015

When it comes to total home comfort and indoor air quality, there’s nothing like breathing in fresh, clean air throughout the year. Of course, the weather in San Jose may not make that seem realistic during hot and cold months, but there is an often forgotten piece of indoor air quality that gets unnoticed: ventilation.

When most people think about ventilation, they usually think about cracking a few windows throughout their home or using their screen doors. While this is still ordinary, it’s not practical through the year in San Jose. That’s where we can thank the improvements in technology that have left us with heating and cooling equipment that produces the same effects of having your windows or doors opened for ventilation.

Today’s ventilation systems run by drawing just the right amount of fresh air from outside, providing you with the benefits of traditional ventilation while getting rid of odors, chemicals and other pollutants from your home’s indoor air. The process not only provides you with nicer feeling air, it removes stale air from your home, helping make your home’s air as comfortable as it can be without wasting energy.

Selecting a ventilation system is pretty easy as there are two kinds of systems used: Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) and Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs). Most of the United States, and all of Canada, are recommended to use HRVs because of the environments in those areas. ERVs are almost exclusive to southern regions that have higher than normal humidity levels.

Ventilation is just the beginning of things when thinking about indoor air quality. If you’d like to learn more about all that you can be doing to better your home’s indoor comfort, check out the other blogs we’ve written on indoor air quality. From dehumidifiers to air filtration and air purification, the experts at American HVAC Inc know indoor air quality. Schedule an appointment by calling them at 408-215-1018 to take your home’s air quality to the next level.