Having an energy-efficient home is good for your family and your wallet, but sometimes air quality can suffer from making your home as air-tight as possible. The main problem that occurs in making a home air-tight is reduced ventilation. Throwing open a window or a door isn’t really an option, so what can you do to maintain energy efficiency and have healthy ventilation? You might want to consider installing an energy recovery ventilator (ERV). An ERV not only improves indoor air quality in Bluffton, it also improves energy efficiency.
What Is an Energy Recovery Ventilator?
An energy recover ventilator, or ERV, is a ventilation system for your home in which the stale indoor air is exchanged for the fresh outdoor air. However, an ERV does more than just exchange air – it also pre-treats the incoming air with the energy of the outgoing air to help with energy efficiency.
How Does an ERV Work?
During the winter, an ERV expels your stale, warm indoor air and brings in cold, fresh air. The ERV also adds warmth and moisture to the incoming cold air, pre-treating it before it enters your system. In the summer, the ERV expels the cool, stale air from your home and exchanges it with the fresh, warm, humid air from the outside; as the warm air enters the ERV, the air is cooled and dehumidified by the energy of the outgoing air.
What Are the Benefits of an ERV?
There are several important benefits to installing an ERV:
- Better indoor air quality – one of the main purposes of installing an ERV into your home is to increase the quality of your indoor air. An ERV accomplishes this by bringing a steady stream of fresh, conditioned air into your home.
- Better energy efficiency – pre-treating the air helps reduce the amount of work your HVAC system has to do in order to heat or cool your home. Less work means your system uses less energy.
- Increased moisture control – during the summer, an ERV helps remove excess humidity, and during the winter, it adds needed moisture to the cold, dry air.
Energy recovery ventilators do much more than improve the indoor air quality of your Bluffton home. If you think an ERV would be a good choice for your home, call AAction Air today and speak to one of our specialists.
AAction Air has helped many customers improve their indoor air quality, and our NATE-certified technicians can help you, too. Call us today!