I live in an area with four distinct seasons and huge variations in temperature.
The weather is extremely unpredictable and typically very severe.
The summers are hot and humid while the winters are snowy and cold. The fall and spring seasons are rainy, windy and chilly. We deal with temperatures down to twenty five below zero and up into the nineties. The humidity is ungodly high in the summer months and insufficient in the winter. Because it’s necessary to rely on either the furnace or the air conditioner for most of the time, energy efficiency is super important. I got to great lengths to seal my house and prevent energy waste. I’ve replaced windows and exterior doors, caulked and weatherstripped, installed ceiling fans and added attic insulation. All of my efforts are targeted toward preventing the heated and cooled air from leaking out as well as stopping outside air from coming in. I’ve definitely reduced the workload of the furnace and air conditioner. I’ve also created some problems with indoor air quality. Natural ventilation is essential to keeping a healthy living environment. To replace the need to open windows, I’ve installed a heat recovery ventilator. The ventilator is much like opening a window but without the energy waste. It brings in a constant supply of fresh air to replace the stale, stuffy air. This process works to minimize excess humidity in the summer, which lessens the responsibility of the air conditioner. In the winter the ventilator uses the outgoing air to warm up the fresh air and reduces strain on the furnace. I’m saving money all year round and enjoying a more comfortable and healthier home.