Ventilation: A Breath of Fresh Air for Your West Columbia Home and Indoor Air Quality08/12/2015 When you think of indoor air quality, you might dream of the fresh, clean spring air gliding through an open window and a comfortable home—a feeling you would crave all year. Unfortunately, the weather in West Columbia makes this difficult during the more severe months. Should you just give up this fresh air just because the weather isn’t cooperating? The answer is “no.” With good ventilation, your indoor air quality can be exceptional—despite what it’s like outside. Ventilation requires more than just opening a few windows or doors in your home. While it's absolutely revitalizing on picturesque, mild days, it’s not something you can do just any day in West Columbia. The positive is that technological advances have allowed us to replicate the benefits of fresh spring 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 perks of traditional ventilation like eliminating odors, chemicals and other contaminants from your indoor air. This process purges stale air from your home and creates nicer feeling air. It’s a good 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. Enhancing ventilation is just one thing you can do to get better indoor air quality. We’ve got a number of other ways to help you improve indoor air quality, from using dehumidifiers to improving air filtration and utilizing air purification. Give Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. a call at 803-796-9172 or schedule an appointment online. We are here to make your air cleaner and your home more comfortable.