Ventilation: A Breath of Fresh Air for Your Baltimore Home and Indoor Air Quality08/12/2015 When you contemplate indoor air quality, you might envision the fresh, clean spring air gliding through an open window and a comfortable home—a feeling you may wish for all year. Unfortunately, the weather in Baltimore makes this difficult during the more severe months. Is it necessary to give up this fresh air just because the weather isn’t playing fair? The answer is “no.” With good ventilation, your indoor air quality can be exceptional—no matter what it’s like outside. Ventilation involves more than just opening a few windows or doors in your home. While it's definitely revitalizing on delightful, mild days, it’s not something you can do throughout the year in Baltimore. The bright side is that technological advances have allowed us to replicate the benefits of refreshing outdoor air using your heating and cooling equipment. By drawing in just the right amount of fresh, outdoor air, today’s ventilation systems provide you with the benefits of traditional ventilation like eliminating odors, chemicals and other contaminants from your indoor air. This process purges stale air from your home and generates nicer feeling air. It’s a fantastic way to make your home’s air as comfortable as possible without wasting energy. There are two types of ventilation systems available: Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) and Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs). Because of the climate, it's recommended that homes in most of the United States and all of Canada to use HRVs. ERVs are used most heavily in the humid southern regions. Improving ventilation is just one thing you can do to get better indoor air quality. We’ve got several other ways to help you improve indoor air quality, from using dehumidifiers to improving air filtration and utilizing air purification. Give Quality Refrigeration a call at 410-355-6010 or schedule an appointment online. We are here to make your air cleaner and your home more comfortable.