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Ventilation

You know that feeling you get every spring when you throw open the window for the first time and take a deep breath? That sense of freshness, rebirth, renewal. The fresh air seems to bring your home back to life after being sealed up all winter. Now you can enjoy spring-like fresh air in your home all year long, without having to watch your energy dollars fly out the window, thanks to the Aprilaire® Energy Recovery Ventilator. Aprilaire provides a constant, controlled supply of fresh air to your home throughout the year. And while adding fresh air, it reduces unhealthy indoor air pollutants and unpleasant odors.

THE CONCERNS

Over the last few years, we’ve been able to learn more about indoor air pollution and its effects on people through advanced testing techniques. Formaldehyde, radon, household chemicals, odors, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants are present in our homes. These substances have become the focus of studies by builders, remodelers, heating and ventilating contractors, and even the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In fact, EPA studies prove that concentrations of toxic pollutants can be up to 10 times greater inside homes than outside, even in our smoggiest cities. And some of these pollutants have been known to cause headaches, nausea, and possibly even cancer.

THE CAUSE

So where was this problem 20 years ago? Why is it in the news all of a sudden? In an effort to save energy costs, new homes are being better sealed to prevent indoor air from escaping. Energy efficient windows and doors with double weather stripping are being installed in both new homes and older homes that are being remodeled. Insulation is thicker and the use of air-tight vapor barriers is more prevalent. Better caulk is sealing up cracks and other potential air leaks. While all this has made many homes more efficient, saving both energy and money, it has also made it nearly impossible for these homes to “breathe” – to expel stale, polluted indoor air and exchange it for cleaner, fresher outdoor air.

THE CURE

AprilaireExperts now recognize the critical importance of improving indoor air quality without using excessive amounts of energy. The EPA, the National Association of Home Builders, many local building codes, and ASHRAE* recommend adequate ventilation in homes. That means bringing the outside air in. But how do you do that without sacrificing your home’s energy efficiency? More and more builders, heating contractors, as well as health-conscious home- owners are discovering the perfect solution: the Aprilaire Energy
Recovery Ventilator.

THE SOLUTION

The Aprilaire Energy Recovery Ventilator was developed using the concept of a mechanical device known as an air-to-air heat exchanger, or a heat recovery ventilator. In simple terms, it exchanges stale, polluted indoor air for fresh outdoor air with minimal energy loss.

THE WAY IT WORKS

The Aprilaire Energy Recovery Ventilator makes use of your home’s existing heating or air-conditioning duct system to distribute fresh air throughout your home.

The outgoing polluted air stream and the incoming fresh air stream both pass through the exclusive Energy-Max®Transfer Core. At no time do the stale and fresh air streams ever mix. Instead, they pass
by each other separated by thin walls that allow only the air’s energy to be transferred, cutting your heating and cooling bills. In winter, the transfer core uses the energy from the heated indoor air to warm the incoming cold, fresh air. In the warmer months, the air-conditioned indoor air cools the incoming fresh air, and removes excess moisture from the incoming air, increasing your home’s comfort.

The Aprilaire Energy Recovery Ventilator lets you enjoy greater security and less noise pollution since windows and doors can remain closed. This results in both improved indoor air and greater comfort for you and your family. And finally, by incorporating this advanced technology in your home, you are enhancing your home’s value now, and for the future.

This unit can also be installed with its own ductwork for hydronic or electric heating systems. Because your heating contractor or builder will provide professional installation, the ideal time to consider an Aprilaire Energy Recovery Ventilator is when you are building a new home. But, it can be easily added to any existing heating system.

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