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The quality of the air you breathe may not often come to mind. But given the impact it has on your everyday, it’s hard to exaggerate its importance.
Most homes are built from construction materials that steadily off-gas over their lifespan; these pollutants aren’t healthy or comfortable to breathe. Neither is air that’s heavy and stale. Ventilation addresses both problems; it also goes further:
At Clarum, we build with healthy materials that are good for the planet, so off-gassing is less of a concern. Still it’s vital to ensure a steady supply of fresh air. We accomplish that with the highly effective Zehnder Heat Recovery Ventilator.
Our homes are sealed and insulated for extreme efficiency; they’re basically airtight. This is good for many reasons: no drafts, greater comfort, lower bills.
That said, it’s an approach that underscores the need for proper ventilation. With no drafts to leak the air in and out, your fresh air source must be planned intentionally.
With the Zehnder Ventilator System, we achieve thorough air circulation along with highly efficient heat recovery. In fact, these ideals go hand-in-hand. In a conventional home, by the time you’ve heated the air, it’s time to send it back outside; meanwhile, the fresh, incoming air is cold, and requires new energy to heat it. The result is an ongoing cycle where you have to continuously generate heat to stay comfortable.
The system we use at Clarum actually recollects 90% of the heat in the stale air before exhausting it, while pre-warming the incoming fresh air – before it reaches your living space. Zehnder is so efficient, you can actually heat your entire home on only 16 watts.
Clean, thoroughly breathable air, and a consistent, comfortable temperature throughout your home. Health and comfort should never be underestimated. Nor should the factors that lead to them – air quality included. These are the everyday differences that mean the most.
Talk to us about building your new green home. Call Clarum at 650.322.7069.
One way to enhance indoor air quality is to minimize or get rid of the source of the pollutants. Just like paints, solvents or other chemical substances that should not be held inside home but instead in a garage or storage area.