For several weeks now we have been talking about Heat Loss and Cold Air Penetration, both of which significantly impact the energy efficiency of your home. Virtually all of our most recent blog posts have addressed these two issues.
Today we wander off into a corollary problem that can develop. The tighter you insulate your home the impact on your energy efficiency is greatly improved. However, the tighter you insulate your home the less “fresh air” you will receive inside. If you stop Cold Air Penetration and restrict Heat Loss that means the air inside can become stagnant and stagnant air has some inherent problems.
If your home is super insulated and highly energy efficient you will need to take steps to improve Ventilation, a very important part of an energy efficient home.
It seems as though everyone pays attention to Heating, Air-conditioning, and Ventilation. Look at virtually every advertisement that deals with heating contractors and they tell you, “…we are specialists in HVAC, or Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. Sadly the truth is that the Ventilation part of the equation is often over looked, neglected, or blatantly forgotten.
In grandma’s old farm house the curtains would flap in the wind throughout the winter because the house wasn’t built to today’s standards. So, grandma’s house always had tons of fresh air; the only drawback was the heating bill and harm to the environment.
In Today’s Modern home we need to take steps to introduce fresh air to your home without wasting energy or harming the environment.
Tomorrow we will introduce you to an HRV that will solve this problem.