I’ve always liked living in the northeastern part of the country.
I enjoy the benefits of changing seasons.
After the heat and humidity of the summer months, I look forward to the cool air and colorful leaves of fall. The winter snow and sub zero temperatures can be brutal, but the cleansing rain and flowers of spring are always just around the corner. I get to take advantage of snowmobiling and cross-country skiing as well as kayaking and cycling. However, the wide temperature fluctuations are a challenge. For the majority of the year, it’s necessary to run either the furnace or the air conditioner. The windows need to be kept shut and the house sealed up tight to avoid energy losses. Minimizing the workload of the heating and cooling system helps the budget. I want to lower the monthly utility bills as much as possible. By preventing the conditioned air from escaping out of gaps in insulation and leaks around windows and doors, I save myself quite a bit of money. I also stop the outside air from coming in. While this is the whole purpose of my efforts, it can cause some concerns with indoor air quality. Ventilation is vital to maintaining a healthy living environment. Otherwise, the air gets stuffy and stale. Contaminants get trapped inside and circulated around by the furnace and air conditioner. To solve this problem, I’ve invested in a ventilation system. It’s a type of air quality accessory that brings in fresh air and expels stale air. It helps to regulate humidity, minimize air contamination and reduce energy bills. Less moisture in the air in the summer means the air conditioner doesn’t need to work as hard. In the winter, the ventilator preheats the incoming air to help out the furnace.