OPERATING YOUR AIR EXCHANGER FOR TOP PERFORMANCE
As part of our #buildingbetterhomes goals, we include air exchangers in all our new homes to help our clients breathe the best air possible. Check out Why we Install Air Exchangers in All Our Homes to find out more!
The bigger question at hand, is how do you get the most out of an air exchanger throughout the year, or should we say the midwest seasons.
Let's start with everyone's favorite time of the year ... the dead of winter! Okay maybe not our favorite part of living in the midwest but we do have good news for this dry season and your new home. When we heat our homes, we aren't doing anything for the air quality or humidity which can effect indoor allergens and overall dryness. For these reasons, we recommend turning up your air exchanger when running the furnace to help regulate the air quality and humidity.
Long, beautiful summer days are often accompanied with sticky, hot humidity. You might think this is another time you would turn up the air exchanger but that is actually the opposite thing to do. Since you are most likely running your air conditioner during this time; that is doing the job to regulate the humidity of your home. We however recommend keeping your air exchanger on low during this time to help keep with those stubborn air pollutants away.
TURNING OFF YOUR AIR EXCHANGER
We recommend always keeping your air exchanger on even when the air conditioner is doing its job or your are enjoying the first days of spring with the windows open. When you shut off your exchanger and then turn it back on, it will have to work that much harder to clean the air.
IS THERE A FILTER TO CHANGE
Yes the air exchanger comes with a filter but unlike your furnace does not need to be changed as often. We recommend checking it annually to see if there is any build up on the filter, if not you should be good to continue use with the filter. If you notice your system seems bogged down or the air quality has decreased, the first thing we would recommend is changing the filter and running the system for a few days before calling a technician.
For more information on your air exchanger, check out LifeBreathe.