Do you really need an air exchange system? No one wants to pay for something they don’t need. However, if your house is tight and well insulated, you do need a well balanced air exchange system. They are mandatory in Canada.
A properly installed air exchange system will bring in fresh air and warm it as it comes in. The heat is recovered from the stale air before it is expelled. The cottage at Three Fifty Nine is being outfitted today with a Life Breath ventilating system. Here below is an excerpt taken from Life Breath.com
How does it work?
Lifebreath Ventilation products (HRV/ERV) move stale, contaminated, air from inside the house to outdoors. At the same time they draw fresh oxygen-laden air from outside and distribute it throughout the house. Stale, polluted air is constantly being replaced by an equal quantity of fresh clean air.
As the two air streams pass through the unit they do not mix. They pass on either side of our exclusive and patented aluminum heat-exchange (HRV) or enthalpic (ERV) cores which transfers heating/cooling energy from the outgoing air to the incoming air. The efficiency of the Lifebreath HRV and ERV is so great that virtually none of the warm/cool air collected from your home is lost to the outside. In summer, HRV and ERV’s work in reverse – removing heat from the incoming air and transferring it to the outgoing air, to keep your home cool and fresh.
Lifebreath’s unique dual-stream airflow design, keeps outgoing stale air separate from incoming fresh air and completely rejuvenates the air throughout the entire home – up to eight times a day. Lifebreath’s balanced ventilation technology replaces indoor stale air with an identical amount of fresh air. This balanced ventilation is critical to prevent moisture build-up in your home during the heating season which can lead to expensive rot damage and hazardous mold.
Because of the unique ability of a Lifebreath HRV and ERV to transfer the temperature of indoor stale air to the incoming fresh air, you’ll realize lower heating and cooling costs year round while enjoying all the benefits superior indoor air quality delivers. In fact, the efficiency of the Lifebreath HRV is so great that virtually none of the warmth collected from your home during winter months is lost to the outside. During summer months, the HRV works in reverse by removing heat from the incoming air and transferring it to the outgoing air, keeping your home cool and fresh.
What’s makes Lifebreath the most advanced Ventilation product available?
Lifebreath ventilation products efficiently transfers heating/cooling energy from outgoing stale air, to incoming fresh air. Lifebreath lets you enjoy an energy efficient home without breathing harmful indoor fumes from paint, plastics, carpets, adhesives, and household products without lingering pet odors and moisture that causes mold.
Only Lifebreath has a patented aluminum core, proudly manufactured by Airia. This makes the Lifebreath core so reliable, we offer a lifetime warranty.
Lifebreath offers the only five speed HRV and ERV available
All MAX series HRV products (and all Lifebreath ERV products) include a Digital Wall Control, enabling homeowners to customize ventilation specific to their family.
For over 25 years, all Lifebreath products have been proudly manufactured to a worldwide customer base from our ISO 9001 registered plant in Ontario Canada.
Note: The cottage is now complete but the air exchanger is making a high pitched noise. This is not normal and, according to our supplier, has never happened before. They are ordering new parts; it will be repaired as soon as they arrive. We will keep you up to date.