Best Practices for Residential Ventilation

Ventilation installation practices are usually based on ASHRAE 62.2 in the U.S., the only question being which version of this standard is used by the relevant program. ASHRAE 62.2 is a minimum standard, not a best-practice standard. As a fifteen-year member of the ASHRAE 62.2 committee, I am often asked about the best ways of exceeding the 62.2 standard for good indoor air quality.

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Major Study Shows ASHRAE 62.2 Ventilation Works!

A significant research report published in April of this year by the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) found that subsidized multifamily housing with ASHRAE 62.2-compliant ventilation had better indoor air quality than housing without 62.2-compliant ventilation. This important research states: “Levels of four of the five indoor contaminants improved substantially with [continuous] mechanical ventilation."

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Better Sleep Leads to Sweeter Building Science Dreams

Sleep is vital to our health, including our immunity from disease, heart function, and even reproductive vitality. A bad night’s sleep might contribute to poor performance at work and a sour emotional state the next day. It is difficult to assign a cost to a bad night’s rest, but I think most of us agree that it’s a cost we would rather avoid.

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