Introducing fresh air into your home is now even more important since summer is already here. After all, sufficient ventilation can make a huge difference in maintaining a healthy, comfortable indoor environment. But exactly how much fresh air should you allow into your home? The trusted cooling and heating service in the area, Air Comfort, Inc., answers this question and more in this Q & A.
How much fresh air does your home need?
You’ll need to measure the airflow by CFM (cubic feet per minute). You can do this by figuring the volume of the room and dividing that by how quickly you want to replace the air inside it. Another typical rule of thumb for residential fresh air requirements is 10 CFM for every 600 to 900 square feet, but this will also depend on the size of your home and the outdoor weather conditions.
How do you ensure your home is getting fresh air?
The simplest way to get more fresh air is to just open a window and, if possible, tilt it in such a way that fresh, cooling breezes are directed into your house. You should do this before 10am or after 9pm because outdoor air is less polluted around these times. Another great alternative is having efficient HRVs (heat recovery ventilators) and ERVs (energy recovery ventilators) installed by a trusted cooling and heating repair company like Air Comfort, Inc. HRV/ERV systems are designed to simplify the distribution of fresh air into your home by recapturing the heat loss of exhausting conditioned indoor air.
Why is it important to air out your home?
Increasing your home’s access to fresh air comes with a number of excellent benefits, For instance, it eliminates allergens such as pet dander, dust, pollen and mold spores, along with volatile organic compounds and toxic gases, from the air you breathe. In addition to getting rid of odors, fresh air also helps reduce excess moisture inside your home, cooling your space naturally while decreasing the chance of mold and mildew formation.
Along with expert air conditioning installation, Air Comfort, Inc. can also help you improve your home’s access to fresh air. With our high-quality HRV/ERV systems, we’ll help keep your living spaces healthy, comfortable and efficient. We proudly serve Beaumont, TX, and surrounding areas. Call us today at (409) 833-5665 or fill out this contact form to schedule your HVAC evaluation.