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Ventilation: A Breath of Fresh Air for Your Portland Home and Indoor Air Quality

August 12, 2015

When you picture indoor air quality, you might envision the fresh, clean spring air coming through an open window and a comfortable home—a feeling you would love to experience all year. Unfortunately, the weather in Portland makes this difficult during the less pleasant months. Should you just 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 at its finest—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 uplifting on beautiful, mild days, it’s not something you can do year-round in Portland. The positive is that technological advances have allowed us to replicate the benefits of clean, fresh air flowing through your windows and doors 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 benefits of standard ventilation like eliminating odors, chemicals and other contaminants from your indoor air. This process eliminates stale air from your home and creates 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 frequently in the muggy southern regions.

Increasing 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 Three Rivers Heating & Cooling a call at 503-213-4433. We are here to take your home’s air quality to the next level.