DIY - Home Improvement

What is the difference between air conditioning and ventilation?

As summer approaches many people start to think about their air conditioning system. Throughout the colder winter months, this is likely to sit idle, although this is the time to get it serviced and ready. It saves you panicking when you actually need it.

Air circulating around your home is important for your health. Research shows it’s an effective way of boosting your immune system and improving cardiovascular health. That’s why many homeowners choose to have a ventilation system installed.

However, you should be aware that a ventilation system is not the same as an air conditioning unit. If you’re reviewing your current appliances or looking at air conditioning sales, you need to be aware of the difference.

The ventilation Unit

A ventilation unit is designed to bring fresh air into the home. In the process, the ‘dirty’ air is removed. The air inside your home will pick up an array of toxins, such as mold spores, allergens, and even excess carbon dioxide. In short, the air will have a lower oxygen content and be high in potentially harmful contaminants. 

The ventilation system pushes this air out of your home and brings in new air, fresh from outside. This helps to keep your house healthy and you. 

It should be noted that the ventilation system doesn’t change the temperature of the air it brings in, it literally allows fresh air to circulate.

Air Conditioning 

In contrast, the air conditioning unit seeks to change the temperature of the air inside your home. While there are units that bring air in from outside, there are plenty that simply re-circulate the air inside your home. The aim is to cool the air, making it more comfortable during the hottest times of the year.

As the air is cooled it will be less able to hold moisture. This can mean the moisture in the air is transferred to surfaces in your home, increasing the likelihood of damp occurring. 

It’s also worth noting that air conditioning units won’t remove smells from your home, because they are recycling air, not introducing fresh. Of course, filters can be used in air conditioning units to remove allergens, smells, and other contaminants in the air. 

Your air conditioning won’t necessarily help with removing the moisture created by a shower, ventilation systems are better at this.

The Bottom Line

The aim of any homeowner should be to use a combined system. This is one that brings in fresh air from outside and cools it before pushing it into the house. In the process, the older, ‘dirty’ air will be pushed out. This is the most effective way of controlling the temperature in your home and having fresh air. Giving you the best of both worlds.

Of course, this type of system costs more to run than a standalone air conditioner or a ventilation system. But, when you’re getting the benefits of both systems it’s the logical approach. All you have to do is speak to your local expert to find the right unit for your home.

Charlie Wilson

I am Charlie Wilson, an enthusiast who loves to travel and explore the world. Not only travelling is what I love in fact, I write travel blogs too, in order to entertain people and show them how important travelling is. I am a passionate writer and by profession

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