The tighter and more energy efficient homes and buildings become the more difficult and important it is to balance and maintain their temperature, CO2 and humidity levels. Sophisticated digital sensors and controls have been used for decades to manage commercial building’s environmental systems. CO2 switches for instance have been used for a long time to control ventilation systems in commercial buildings, but have rarely been used in homes.
But today the living envelops of homes are being built tighter and tighter. Architects, builder, contractors and homeowners are learning (some the hard way) the consequences of excess moisture and the importance of not only controlling humidity, but doing it energy efficiently.
The House on Third Street incorporates many sensors, relays and control devices to operate our heating, dehumiditification, ventilation (fresh air) systems energy efficiently, including a CO2 switch.