Ventilation: A Breath of Fresh Air for Your the Upper Rio Grande Valley Home and Indoor Air Quality08/12/2015 When you contemplate indoor air quality, you might imagine the fresh, clean spring air gliding through an open window and a comfortable home—a feeling you may wish for all year. Unfortunately, the weather in the Upper Rio Grande Valley makes this difficult during the harsher 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—regardless of what it’s like outside. Ventilation requires 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 year-round in the Upper Rio Grande Valley. The good news is that technological advances have allowed us to create the benefits of refreshing outdoor 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 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 often in the hotter 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 Cytech Heating & Cooling a call at 956-630-3522 or schedule an appointment online. We are here to take your home’s air quality to the next level.