The tight house and energy savings

Because of the weather extremes in the section where I live, it’s necessary to tightly seal the home; I’ve taken the time to carefully caulk around windows and doors, added weatherstripping and replaced insulation in walls and ceilings.  I’ve done everything possible to prevent our heated and cooled air from leaking outside. While our efforts have made our current home more comfortable and saved money on energy bills, I’ve eliminated essential ventilation! After consulting with a local Heating, Ventilation, and A/C supplier, I invested in an energy reclaim ventilator.  This type of ventilation plan is a practical and efficient solution to concerns with indoor air quality. The energy reclaim ventilator installed into our attic and provides improvement throughout the entire house. It pulls fresh, wash air in from outdoors, while venting out stale air from inside the home. It transfers a significant amount of energy from the outgoing air into the fresh air that is brought inside.  During the winter, the ventilator heats the incoming air. In the Summer weeks, it helps cool the incoming air. By reusing this energy, it reduces the workload of the gas furnace and air conditioner, saving myself and others money. The ventilator works by passing the streams of incoming and outgoing air through a heat exchanger. The air streams do not mix, but heat energy is transferred as needed. The constant supply of fresh outdoor air replaces the stale air inside the home, creating a cleaner and healthier environment.  Contaminants and allergens such as dust, dander, pollen, and even awful odors are vented outside. Plus the energy reclaim ventilator helps with humidity control all year round. It transfers moisture to and from incoming air to maintain superior relative humidity levels.

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