Ventilation: A Breath of Fresh Air for Your Colorado Springs Home and Indoor Air Quality08/12/2015 When you contemplate indoor air quality, you might imagine the fresh, clean spring air coming through an open window and a comfortable home—a feeling you would crave all year. Unfortunately, the weather in Colorado Springs makes this difficult during the harsher months. Is it necessary to give up this fresh air just because the weather isn’t nice? The answer is “no.” With good ventilation, your indoor air quality can be premium—despite what it’s like outside. Ventilation requires more than just opening a few windows or doors in your home. While it's positively revitalizing on delightful, mild days, it’s not something you can do year-round in Colorado Springs. The good news is that technological advances have allowed us to replicate the benefits of fresh spring air using your heating and cooling equipment. By simply pulling in just the right amount of fresh, outdoor air, today’s ventilation systems provide you with the perks of conventional 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 great 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 often in the hotter southern regions. Enhancing 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 Mitchell Heating a call at 719-596-6677 or schedule an appointment online. We are here to do everything we can to improve your home’s air quality.