Living in the northeastern part of the country, tightening up the house to prevent energy waste is a priority.
We deal with very severe weather for most of the year. We are famous for our brutal winters. The temperature remains below freezing for a minimum of six months and often drops well below zero. While the summer weather doesn’t last more than two or three months, it’s not unusual for the temperature to climb into the nineties, and the humidity is terrible. The spring and fall seasons are typically wet and chilly. Because we rely on either the heating or cooling system just about year round, we’re always concerned with energy costs. I’ve taken lots of proactive measures to minimize my monthly utility bills. I’ve replaced every single window in the house and spent more to have thermal pane, Energy Star rated windows. I invested several thousand dollars on an airtight front door. I’ve added insulation to the walls, ceilings and attic, and I conscientiously caulk and weatherstrip. My efforts have eliminated drafts and energy waste, but I’ve also diminished essential ventilation. With no influx of fresh air, there’s no way for dust and other contaminants to escape. I’ve avoided concerns with air quality by installing a heat recovery ventilation system. The ventilator brings in a steady supply of fresh air and removes the stale polluted air. It not only improves the health, cleanliness and comfort of the home but saves me money. In the winter, the ventilation system uses the stale outgoing air to preheat the incoming air. It lessens the workload of the furnace and allows lower thermostat settings.