Ventilation: A Breath of Fresh Air for Your Rapid City Home and Indoor Air Quality08/12/2015 When you think of indoor air quality, you might imagine the fresh, clean spring air gliding through an open window and a comfortable home—a feeling you would love to experience all year. Unfortunately, the weather in Rapid City makes this difficult during the less pleasant months. Is it necessary to give up this fresh air just because the weather isn’t nice? The answer is “no.” With appropriate ventilation, your indoor air quality can be exceptional—regardless of what it’s like outside. Ventilation is more than just opening a few windows or doors in your home. While it's definitely refreshing on picturesque, mild days, it’s not something you can do throughout the year in Rapid City. The positive is that technological advances have allowed us to create the benefits of fresh spring 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 benefits of traditional ventilation like eliminating odors, chemicals and other contaminants from your indoor air. This process eliminates 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 often in the humid 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 Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc a call at 605-342-5107 or schedule an appointment online. We are here to make your air cleaner and your home more comfortable.