Ventilation: A Breath of Fresh Air for Your Beaverton Home and Indoor Air Quality08/12/2015 When you picture indoor air quality, you might envision the fresh, clean spring air drifting through an open window and a comfortable home—a feeling you would love to experience all year. Unfortunately, the weather in Beaverton makes this difficult during the more severe months. Is it necessary to give up this fresh air just because the weather isn’t playing fair? The answer is “no.” With appropriate ventilation, your indoor air quality can be at its finest—despite 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 Beaverton. The bright side is that technological advances have allowed us to reproduce the benefits of clean, fresh air flowing through your windows and doors 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 traditional ventilation like eliminating odors, chemicals and other contaminants from your indoor air. This process removes stale air from your home and creates nicer feeling air. It’s a fantastic 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. Increasing ventilation is just one thing you can do to get better indoor air quality. We’ve got many other ways to help you improve indoor air quality, from using dehumidifiers to improving air filtration and utilizing air purification. Give Garoken Energy Co. Inc. a call at 503-848-3838 or schedule an appointment online. We are here to do everything we can to improve your home’s air quality.