Energy Recovery Ventilator
What do heating and cooling your home have in common? They both cost money! Even the most efficient systems on the market cost something to run. Homeowners don’t want to wind up paying more than they should have to in order to live comfortably, which is why they tend to seal their homes up tightly. People don’t realize an energy recovery ventilator can help them with these issues.
While doing so can certainly help to protect the efficiency with which you heat or cool your home, it can also result in reduced indoor air quality. Modern homes are often sealed and do not really allow for natural ventilation. This can lead to problems with low indoor air quality, which in turn can lead to discomfort and even health complications. Using an energy recovery ventilator in Denver, CO can help you to bridge the gap between efficiency, comfort, and air quality.
How Does an ERV Work?
An energy recovery ventilator is fairly simple in theory. Basically, the device is integrated into your HVAC. That allows the system to vent old, stale air out of the house without wasting the money that you’ve paid to condition it in the first place.
The ERV brings in fresh air as it vents out the stale air. The two streams exchange heat, with the outgoing cool air absorbing heat from the incoming fresh air, They mingle just enough to balance humidity as well (whereas HRVs [heat recovery ventilators] do much the same without the transfer of humidity).
In the winter, as you run your heater, you may not be drying the air out as an AC will. Even so, the air quality will degrade the longer that it is trapped in the house and recirculated throughout.
Benefits of Using an ERV
When the air in your home is not of a high quality, problems can develop. You can experience dry, cracking skin, frequent nosebleeds, and sore throats due to very dry air. High humidity levels can promote the growth of biological pollutants. Allergy and asthma symptoms can be aggravated by airborne pollutants with nowhere to go.
Using an ERV is a great way to start addressing these problems (though we also offer many great air filters, purifiers, and humidity control systems). Start breathing the fresh air that you deserve in your home, regardless of the season.
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