What Is a Recovery Ventilator?

What Is a Recovery Ventilator?

Fresh air is an important need in the modern home due to many issues that can cause the indoor environment to be polluted. Efficient construction practices mean that today’s home is less drafty, more comfortable, and more energy-efficient. However, a well-sealed home can also trap pollutants, leading to potential health issues ranging from allergies to serious illnesses. Recovery ventilators address the need to bring fresh air into the home in an efficient manner.

Why Ventilation Matters

The EPA has conducted studies that identified much higher levels of common pollutants inside homes than outside. The rates of concentration can range from two to five times higher inside, which means that exchanging fresh outside air with contaminated indoor air can positively impact your home’s indoor air quality. This process is known as ventilation, which can be achieved by opening a door or window. However, doors and windows can also allow heating and cooling energy to be lost and indoor humidity levels to be raised.

Balanced Ventilation with a Recovery Ventilator

A balanced ventilation system handles the exchange of air mechanically, pulling contaminated air from rooms that are typically humid and delivering fresh air to living spaces. A recovery ventilator is designed to carry both air supplies through a common box that keeps the two streams separate while allowing the heating or cooling energy to be exchanged. There are heat recovery ventilators, which are suitable for cold climates as they promote heat recovery from exhausted air. Energy recovery ventilators are especially well-suited to hot, humid locations like South Florida, recovering cooling energy from outgoing air and filtering incoming air to reduce humidity levels.

Additional Indoor Air Quality Solutions

Because of local humidity levels, you may want to pair your recovery ventilator with a germicidal air purifier. This is a system that not only filters pollutants out of the air but also traps and kills biological materials like mold and viruses. You might also consider installing UV lights in your air handler and ducts.

Have Engineered Air Evaluate Your Home

At Engineered Air, we are proud to provide our customers with sensible indoor air quality solutions that support a healthy home environment. Call our office today to learn more.