Change Homes For Climate Guide
Whether you're planning to build or renovate your home, this guide will help you meet a greener standard and join other Edmontonians in our quest to become a carbon neutral city!
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Because we may spend up to 90% of our time indoors, fresh air is extremely important. Ventilation provides an abundance of fresh air and helps control moisture, which minimizes mould growth and structural damage.
In older homes, strategically placed windows allow for cross-ventilation to cool as much of the home as possible when windows are open. There should also be exhaust fans in all bathrooms, and in the kitchen to prevent moisture buildup. In newer homes, mechanical ventilation systems allow for fresh air intake. In high-performance, tightly sealed new homes, a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) delivers fresh air, extracts stale/high-moisture air and recovers 60 to 90% of heat from the exiting air, saving both energy and money.
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