When you hear the term Fresh Air, it might invoke thoughts of a warm summer breeze, a walk on the beach, or that first smell of spring after a long winter.
When it comes to your home, it is much more than that. Fresh air is a
vital part of maintaining Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). Bringing fresh air into the
home can be as simple as opening doors and windows and letting it happen
naturally. The challenge is that opening doors and windows is not always
practical. That is where other solutions come into play.
Lets first take a look
at why it is important to have fresh air coming into the home. Not to try and
scare you, but your home is full of pollutants that are negatively affecting
the air you are breathing. Something as simple as you breathing is producing CO2
gas. Add in cooking (especially on a gas range), cleaning or using almost any
appliance and the air quality can quickly deteriorate. Brining fresh air in is
as simple as exchanging the stale (bad) air in the home with new (fresh) air
from outside the home.
Now back to how to do this. We already talked about
windows and doors and the limitations they have. Another option is using what
is known as a mechanical solution. With a mechanical solution such as the Air
King model QFAM, fresh air is brought into the home with a fan. There are a
large variety of mechanical solutions on the market and they all have their
pros and cons. HRV and ERV units are good, but expensive to purchase, install
and maintain. Simpler solutions such as small fans that bring air in can work, but
the air is not conditioned or filtered. Depending on the location or day,
sometimes the air coming in might be worse than the air inside (high pollution
areas or days). It is best to look for a solution that provides air filtration
(filters that can be easily accessed and changed) as well as some type of
humidity and temperature control that doesn’t allow extreme cold,
warm, or humid air into your home.
From a homeowner standpoint, do the simple
things – open doors and windows when you can, utilize your exhaust fans and range
hood. Consult a HVAC expert to walk through the best solutions for your
specific home. To learn more about fresh air solutions from Air King visit http://www.airkinglimited.com/page/qfam-fresh-air-machine.html