HVAC Guide: Ventilation Terms

ventilation terms

Ventilation terms describe differing approaches to indoor air quality. In the HVAC profession, the “V” stands for “ventilation.” Today, adequate fresh air ventilation throughout a house receives equal importance as both heating and air conditioning ensures home comfort as well as a healthy indoor environment.

Ventilation terms that describe potential approaches to these goals include three methods:

Natural Ventilation

This is the random movement of air into and out of a house through structural gaps and cracks. Natural ventilation comes with several downsides:

Spot Ventilation

These are exhaust-only units such as bathroom and kitchen vent fans that remove moist air from a limited space through a dedicated exhaust duct.

Whole-House Ventilation

Whole-house balanced ventilation addresses the requirements of the entire home. Comprehensive whole-house systems add fresh outdoor air and exhausting an equal volume of stale indoor air while maintaining temperature consistency. Here are two types of whole-house ventilation systems:

Ask the professionals at Jackson & Sons for more information about ventilation terms and how they support household comfort and air quality.

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