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How to Compare Ventilators for Improved IAQ

compare ventilators for improved IAQ

A ventilator doesn’t just help eliminate the smell of the meal you accidentally burned last night. These devices actually serve several roles within your home’s HVAC system. If you know how to evaluate ventilators effectively, you can choose the ideal unit for your Savannah, Georgia, home.

Local Climate

The best ventilator for your home depends on where you live. Some ventilators perform best in hot, humid climates like what you typically find in Savannah. These devices help reduce humidity levels in the home while allowing your air conditioner to provide fresh, cool air.

The Performance™ Energy Recovery Ventilators from Carrier, for instance, pair well with Georgia homes. As warm air exits your home, the ventilator draws on that energy to help power your system. You’ll save money and enjoy a more comfortable indoor environment.

Noise and Energy Consumption

Today’s homes have much tighter envelopes as builders adjust their practices to create more energy-efficient structures. While a tighter envelope helps you waste less energy and save money, it can also make your home’s air stale and contaminated. Ventilators should remove pollutants from the home without diminishing its energy efficiency.

Additionally, you don’t want a ventilator that will make significant noise. The best ventilators operate quietly so you don’t even notice they’re running. Choosing a ventilator from a well-known manufacturer will increase your chances of getting an efficient, quiet unit.


A ventilator that simply exchanges outdoor air with indoor air only resolves part of the problem. The air outside can prove contaminated with pollen, dust, and other irritants that you don’t want swirling through your home. Look for ventilators that have filtration technology built in. For instance, a pre-filtration model will condition the air before it enters your home.

Just as your HVAC system’s air filter strips out pollutants that already exist in the home, a ventilator keeps your indoor air fresh and contaminant-free. For professional ventilator installation and other indoor air quality services, call McDevitt Air at 877-692-9402.

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