What is an Air Exchanger?
An air exchanger improves indoor air quality by regularly exchanging and filtering the outdoor and indoor air. With older homes, outdoor air replaces the indoor air every 30 to 40 minutes. In tightly constructed homes however, it can take up to ten hours for air exchange to take place. By investing in an air exchanger, you can help reduce the levels of airborne chemicals, gases, and particles. Gases can come from older gas-burning appliances that can leak and produce carbon dioxide and monoxide from incomplete combustion. Particles that are in the air like pet dander and dust can contribute to poor indoor air quality. It can also cause health issues like asthma, allergies, or any other respiratory alignments if it is severe enough.
How Do Air Exchangers Work?
During the summer and in warm weather, the air exchanger will remove the outdoor heat and humidity before the filtered air enters the home. Typically, homes in colder climates have a heat recovery ventilator that is designed to retain heat without reducing the humidity. Some homes in all climates have an energy recovery ventilator that can remove both the heat and humidity. By having an air exchanger, you can help to provide the best possible air for your home.
In order to achieve this for your home, a complete ventilation system must be selected, installed, and operated properly. To ventilate your home properly, make sure to supply just the right amount of fresh air continuously all year long. Also make sure to have continuous exhaust with an equal amount of indoor air to help prevent any stale in your home. An exception can be when windows or doors are opened as a way of ventilating. When this happens, you can turn the air exchanger off because there is no advantage to over-ventilate your home. By doing this, you can dry out the air in your home and use excessive amounts of electrical energy.
Air Exchangers Can Help Reduce Mold & Mildew
Besides providing fresh air for your home, air exchangers also help to remove any pollutants from the air as well. Air exchanger filters ensure the air within the home is kept clean and fresh while still remaining energy efficient. They are also able to remove hot moist air from your home, which then helps to reduce the risk of mold and fungi to grow. The structure of your home is also protected because the moist air that can damage it is removed.
Air Exchangers & Energy Efficiency
Air exchangers can be energy efficient. To make sure you have the maximum efficiency your air exchanger can provide, the location of it is important. The air exchanger should be able to circulate air into all rooms of your home. This also includes the attic and basement of your home. Several points of air intake and exiting are also part of the air circulation process. Some air exchanger equipment is installed in the attic or basement of your home for the most optimal production it can provide.