Ventilation: A Breath of Fresh Air for Your Chicago Home and Indoor Air Quality08/12/2015 When you think of indoor air quality, you might dream of the fresh, clean spring air coming through an open window and a comfortable home—a feeling you may wish for all year. Unfortunately, the weather in Chicago makes this difficult during the more severe months. But do you have to give up this fresh air just because the weather isn’t cooperating? The answer is “no.” With proper ventilation, your indoor air quality can be exceptional—no matter what it’s like outside. Ventilation is 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 Chicago. 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 tapping into just the right amount of fresh, outdoor air, today’s ventilation systems provide you with the perks of standard ventilation like eliminating odors, chemicals and other contaminants from your indoor air. This process removes stale air from your home and produces 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 heavily in the muggy southern regions. Improving 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 iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning a call at 773-704-0640 or schedule an appointment online. We are here to take your home’s air quality to the next level.