Air Exchange Ventilators
Gerkin recommends utilizing air exchange ventilators in today's homes. With the increase of energy efficient (tight) homes being built and older homes being upgraded, it is even more important to properly ventilate the indoor air.
Vapor barriers, home super insulation packages, thermal windows, weather-stripping and caulk have reduced or stopped fresh air from infiltrating and replacing stale air. Entering and exiting the house through doors isn't always enough air changes. Proper ventilation is needed in all four seasons of the year.
Carbon dioxide (CO2), dust mites, mold, pet dander, dust, smoke, Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs) and other airborne pollutants are forced to stay inside the home if the house is sealed too tightly and can create an undesirable environment. Excess humidity increases the potential growth of mold; mildew and can cause deterioration to your home and the possibility of structural damage to wood framing.
Indoor air contains up to 100 times more pollutants than the outdoor air. People now spend up to 90% of their time indoors. If your house is stuffy, odors linger or humidity is high in fall and winter, it is likely that your house does not have adequate ventilation. If someone in your house has headaches, chronic fatigue, poor concentration, respiratory conditions, such as chronic colds and flu viruses, aggravated allergies, asthma or bronchitis getting the proper amount of ventilation is even more important.
Air Exchange Ventilator (AEV) Benefits:
- Reduce excess humidity which can cause mold, mildew and deterioration to your home
- Reduce dangerous pollutant fumes or gases, germs, odors and bacteria
- Remove particles like dust and dander
- Help reduce heating and cooling costs for highly insulated homes
- Remove "stuffiness" and help freshen up the home
- Improves quality of indoor air