Creating and maintaining indoor air quality includes addressing such issues as air filtration, humidification and de-humidification, and proper ventilation. Systems that protect the quality of indoor air in your home will not only keep your home healthier, they will help keep it cleaner as well!
When your system is started by the thermostats for either heat, cooling or fan on for circulation, air is moved across the air filter where the small airborne particulates get trapped making the air that is recirculated through your equipment and into your home cleaner and healthier.
Too little humidity can cause lots of problems. The recommended relative humidity is three to four times the humidity in an average North American home in winter.. If you do not reach optimal levels of humidity, you could be exposing yourself and your family to nose, throat, and skin discomfort. Unhumidified heated air also dries out the wood in your home, shrinking the framing around doors and windows. Gaps can occur, allowing cold air in, making your home less energy efficient. Dry air also causes wood floors and trim to separate, walls and ceilings to crack; it can harm expensive musical instruments and electronic equipment. Dryness even weakens the joints of expensive furnishings.
Too much humidity is also harmful. Bacteria, viruses and fungi thrive in moist environments. Control of the relative humidity in basements and even your living areas is very important. Only dedicated dehumidifiers can effectively reduce excess moisture without over cooling your home.
Energy Recovery Ventilation has become more important as buildings and homes get tighter and energy efficient. Pollutants can build up in your home creating an uncomfortable and unhealthy environment. An ERV brings fresh air from outside and removes stale polluted air to the outside while transferring heat and moisture. Homeowners can benefit by controlling odors, pollutants and even moderating humidity.
Here are some interesting indoor air quality projects we’ve worked on recently: