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The Complicated Relationship Between Ventilation and Energy Efficiency

January 22, 2019

Ensuring that your California home is running at peak energy efficiency requires your home to be properly sealed and insulated. However, you also want to have a home that is ventilated enough that you do not feel trapped in a stuffy home. Can you achieve both goals? At Econo West Heating, Air & Plumbing we believe you can and we are here to help you do just that.

The Complicated Relationship Between Ventilation and Energy Efficiency

Natural Ventilation is Your Best Option

The best way to get optimal insulation is to take advantage of natural ventilation. When the weather is nice, open up your doors and windows to let fresh air in. There is nothing quite like a fresh breeze rustling through your home. Of course, the main issue with natural ventilation is that it’s not always an option.

What happens when it’s cold? Or when it’s hot enough that you have the air conditioning running? You can’t leave your windows and doors open without losing treated hot or cool air. You can also do not want to leave your windows open when you’re not at home, at night, or at other times that security may be an issue.

Mechanical Ventilation is Another Option

When you can’t leave your windows and doors wide open, mechanical ventilation is a great option. There are a number of choices and we can help with all of them. Some homeowners choose exhaust ventilation in which a single fan drives heat out and lets fresh air in. Supply ventilation involves both fans and ducts working together to bring filtered and / or dehumidified exterior air into the home.

Balance ventilation is an option that combines both supply and exhaust systems as discussed in the previous paragraph, and energy recovery ventilation is a system in which exterior air is tempered as it comes into the home. In most situations, we would recommend a combination of these or other solutions.

How to Cool Your Home and Ventilate it To

At Econo West Heating, Air & Plumbing we believe that one of the most affordable ways to improve the air quality in your home is to avoid heat buildup while utilizing one or more of the ventilation techniques described above. Start by looking at rooms in your home in which heat tends to buildup. In other words, what rooms in your home are always warmer than others? Those are the rooms in which spot ventilation, such as window fans or ceiling fans, can make a big difference.

We Are Here to Help with All Your Heating and Cooling Needs

The good news about working with Econo West Heating, Air & Plumbing is that we provide a number of different services related to heating and cooling. As a result, we are able to provide comprehensive solutions no matter what your needs are. To find out more about the unique solutions available for your specific situation, contact us at (661) 269-0308 right away.

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