A well-sealed home is critical for achieving maximum energy efficiency and maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature. But if you work tirelessly to seal your home’s envelope without including a comprehensive ventilation strategy, your home may suffer from poor indoor air quality, improper ventilation of fumes from combustion appliances and high humidity and/or mold growth.

Mechanical ventilation strategies, including local and whole-home ventilation, will provide your home with a fresh air supply and keep noxious fumes and high humidity from compromising your indoor-air quality.

Properly sized HVAC system: If your HVAC system is oversized, it doesn’t have the adequate run time to properly filter and/or dehumidify the air in your home. The first step to mechanical ventilation is to have an HVAC professional do the necessary calculations to verify that your HVAC system is adequately sized for your needs. If you do need to replace your system, we can help you select a properly sized, energy efficient unit that will qualify for 2013 tax credits.

Local ventilation:
Make sure the exhaust fans in your kitchen, bathrooms and laundry room are adequate and properly vented to the outside. Using these exhaust fans will get humid air out of your home.

Whole-home ventilation: Your comprehensive ventilation strategy should also include a whole-house ventilation system. The two most common options are energy recovery ventilation and heat recovery ventilation. Each has its own pros and cons. Our technicians will make a professional recommendation based on your home’s needs.

Combustible appliances
. Any appliances that require a fuel source, such as a gas water heater or furnace, produce carbon monoxide and other potentially toxic byproducts. Ensure that combustible appliances are vented outside your home to avoid toxic fume buildup.

Would you like assistance in developing a comprehensive ventilation strategy in your well-sealed Savannah home? Contact Byrd Heating and Air Conditioning. We’ve provided honest and reliable HVAC service to Savannah-area residents since 1986.

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