09 Jan

4 In-Home Problems That Can Be Helped by an Air Exchanger

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You’ve heard of the phrase, “Just what the doctor ordered.” But how about, “Just what the HVAC technician ordered?” 

When we ask customers their biggest complaints about their home’s comfort or air quality, there are a few common responses. What is interesting is that many of these issues can be addressed with a single solution – an air exchanger. 

Having an air exchanger installed in your can improve indoor air quality, help with allergies and asthma, improve humidity control, and even lower energy bills.

What does an air exchanger do?

An air exchanger is ventilation equipment that brings fresh (outdoor) air inside the home while pushing stale air outdoors. Air exchangers are commonly needed in newly constructed homes that are very energy-efficient but also built so airtight that it cuts off natural ventilation. If you’re interested in learning more about how an air exchanger works, you can read our previous blog. But today, we’re going to talk about the issues that an air exchanger can alleviate.

You may need an air exchanger if your experience:

  • Stale, stuffy air – When the home’s ventilation isn’t adequate, you can sense it in a few ways. First and foremost, the air feels old, stale, and stuffy. You may also notice odd smells often described as musty or mildewy. By replacing stale air with fresh air, the exchanger makes the indoor space feel cleaner and more welcoming. 
  • Asthma and allergies – If indoor air gets trapped inside, so do airborne pollutants such as pollen, dust, pet dander, smoke, bacteria, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). All of these particles can trigger allergies or asthma, as well as contribute to other health issues. An air exchanger helps remove these pollutants and fills the space with fresh, filtered air.
  • High humidity – Maintaining a humidity level between 30-50% can make your home more comfortable and prevent mold growth. While an air exchanger doesn’t control the humidity like a whole-home humidifier system does, it does help with ventilation and removing air with excess moisture. 
  • High energy bills – By helping to maintain the recommended humidity level, an air exchanger can take some burden off your heating or cooling system, which saves energy. Air exchangers require little energy to operate, so the end result is often a comfortable house and lower energy bills. Sounds like a win-win to us. 

Air exchanger installation in the Fredericksburg area

Adding an air exchanger to your home won’t solve all your problems, but it could alleviate some of the issues we covered in this article. To find out if your family will benefit from better ventilation, contact Robert B. Payne, Inc. for a consultation and estimate. Call us today at (540) 373-5876.