In the section where I live, the winters are brutal. I need to shut the windows and tighten up the house in early September. The chilly weather often lasts until mid March. With rapidly increasing temperatures down below zero, I run the heating plan non stop. I make sure there are no leaks, cracks or holes where the heated air can escape. I do everything possible to prevent energy waste. Unfortunately, reducing the workload of the oil furnace also means eliminating ventilation. Adequate ventilation is vital to healthy air quality. When the home is tightly sealed, there’s no access to fresh air. Contaminants, such as dust, dander, mold spores and bacteria are trapped inside. Any allergens that are introduced by cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene, pets or the Heating, Ventilation plus A/C plan are continually circulated and breathed by my family. Problems with air quality lead to health problems, property disfigure, diminished comfort and even excess wear and tear on heating and cooling equipment. I took the time to research the various different air quality accessories on the market. I wanted a whole-home option that would job all year round. I also looked for something that would run quietly and not need a lot of repair. I evaluated out whole-house air purifiers, air filters, germicidal UV lights and ventilation systems. Because of the demands of the long, chilly winters, I chose a heat recovery ventilator. The plan brings in fresh outdoor air to replace the stale indoor air. It uses the warm, outgoing air to preheat the incoming air, lessening demands on the oil furnace. It also helps to prevent overly dry air. During the summer time time, the ventilator helps to combat excess humidity. It operates 24/7 and makes the whole house smell better, feel better and stay much cleaner.