Ventilation for a very small home
When we built our little home (720 sq ft, basically 2 main rooms) 13 yrs ago, we made it very tight and well insulated, but we did not take into account the need for makeup air. The first time we ran our dryer, we had air pulling in through the electrical outlets! We learned to always leave windows cracked open and we added a fan that pulls outdoor air into the laundry closet while the dryer is running. Here in the PNW, in the winter this brings in cold, damp air. I’ve been looking at ERVs but with a home this small and with very little free wall/ceiling space, would an ERV be a workable solution? Also is it something I could do myself?
One thing that I would like to see on this site is more advice for those with small homes. Everything seems geared to having a forced air furnace system which I don’t have. It wouldn’t make sense in a house this size and I’ve never cared for the kind of heat they give.
Anyways, thanks for any advice, I get so much good information here (albeit a little hard to decode at times).
GBA Detail Library
A collection of one thousand construction details organized by climate and house part