Ventilation: Is it enough today? Can we rationalize more to be safe and healthy indoors?
June 16th, 2022
We, as building occupants, possess a cognitive dissidence thinking indoor air is cleaner and safer than outdoor air. However, what we can’t see, touch, and smell within the built environment can hurt us.
While deficient indoor air was understood as a temporary nuisance, science shows severe impacts on cognitive function, overall health, and potentially death because of pathogens. Cognizant authorities around the world have pegged ventilation as the cause and solution. Ventilation will improve building resiliency and offer a cleaner and healthier indoor air. But, can increase ventilation with the increased cost to heat and cool be rationalized with energy recovery ventilation?
Three key points or takeaways for the audience:
- What is the chemistry indoors that we previously did not understand?
- How is the physiological operation of the human body impacted by poor indoor air quality?
- What can we do to solve this problem? And can it be a financial benefit to the building owner, operator,
Technology available today will allow building owners and operators to operator demand based ventilation. Demand based ventilation will use sensor to evaluate the indoor environment and increase ventilation rates to lower exposure to occupants. This ventilation will use an advanced enthalpic energy exchanger to recapture the energy already used to cool, heat, dehumidify or humidify the new cleaner outdoor introduced into the space.
Nick Agopian is Vice President of Sales and Marketing at RenewAire, a pioneer in enhancing indoor air quality in every type of home and building through high-efficiency, enthalpic-core, static-plate Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs). With over 30 years of HVAC and energy-recovery experience, Agopian sets the company’s strategic vision, leads all sales and marketing efforts and manages a comprehensive team of regional sales directors, technical sales support staff, commissioned manufacturers’ representatives, wholesale distributors and marketers.
Agopian is extremely involved in the engineering and HVAC communities. He’s an active member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) since 1983, where he sits on numerous technical committees
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