You know that feeling you get every spring when you throw
open the window for the first time and take a deep breath?
That sense of freshness, rebirth, renewal. The fresh air seems
to bring your home back to life after being sealed up all winter.
Now you can enjoy spring-like fresh air in your home all year
long, without having to watch your energy dollars fly out the
window, thanks to the Aprilaire® Energy Recovery Ventilator.
Aprilaire provides a constant, controlled supply of fresh air to
your home throughout the year. And while adding fresh air, it
reduces unhealthy indoor air pollutants and unpleasant odors.
Over the last few years, we’ve been able to learn more about
indoor air pollution and its effects on people through advanced
testing techniques. Formaldehyde, radon, household chemicals,
odors, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants are present in
our homes. These substances have become the focus of studies
by builders, remodelers, heating and ventilating contractors, and
even the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In fact, EPA
studies prove that concentrations of toxic pollutants can be up
to 10 times greater inside homes than outside, even in our
smoggiest cities. And some of these pollutants have been known
to cause headaches, nausea, and possibly even cancer.
So where was this problem 20 years ago? Why is it in the news all
of a sudden? In an effort to save energy costs, new homes are being
better sealed to prevent indoor air from escaping. Energy efficient
windows and doors with double weather stripping are being
installed in both new homes and older homes that are being
remodeled. Insulation is thicker and the use of air-tight vapor barriers
is more prevalent. Better caulk is sealing up cracks and other
potential air leaks. While all this has made many homes more
efficient, saving both energy and money, it has also made it nearly
impossible for these homes to “breathe” – to expel stale, polluted
indoor air and exchange it for cleaner, fresher outdoor air.
Experts now recognize the critical importance of improving
indoor air quality without using excessive amounts of energy. The
EPA, the National Association of Home Builders, many local building
codes, and ASHRAE* recommend adequate ventilation in homes.
That means bringing the outside air in. But how do you do that
without sacrificing your home’s energy efficiency? More and more
builders, heating contractors, as well as health-conscious home-
owners are discovering the perfect solution: the Aprilaire Energy
The Aprilaire Energy Recovery Ventilator was developed using the
concept of a mechanical device known as an air-to-air heat exchanger,
or a heat recovery ventilator. In simple terms, it exchanges stale,
polluted indoor air for fresh outdoor air with minimal energy loss.
THE WAY IT WORKS
The Aprilaire Energy Recovery Ventilator makes use of your
home’s existing heating or air-conditioning duct system to
distribute fresh air throughout your home.
The outgoing polluted air stream and the incoming fresh air stream
both pass through the exclusive Energy-Max®Transfer Core. At no
time do the stale and fresh air streams ever mix. Instead, they pass
by each other separated by thin walls that allow only the air’s energy
to be transferred, cutting your heating and cooling bills. In winter, the
transfer core uses the energy from the heated indoor air to warm the
incoming cold, fresh air. In the warmer months, the air-conditioned
indoor air cools the incoming fresh air, and removes excess moisture
from the incoming air, increasing your home’s comfort.
The Aprilaire Energy Recovery Ventilator lets you enjoy greater
security and less noise pollution since windows and doors
can remain closed. This results in both improved
indoor air and greater comfort for you and
your family. And finally, by incorporating
this advanced technology in your home,
you are enhancing your home’s
value now, and for the future.
This unit can also be installed with its own ductwork for hydronic
or electric heating systems. Because your heating contractor or
builder will provide professional installation, the ideal time to
consider an Aprilaire Energy Recovery Ventilator is when you are
building a new home. But, it can be easily added to any existing
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