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Why Use an Energy Recovery Ventilator?

We all want to live in great comfort throughout the year. This means maintaining great indoor air quality in our homes, as well as comfortable temperatures. The fact of the matter, though, is that it can be difficult to find a happy medium between air quality and efficient temperature maintenance. While sealing a home up very tightly may be an effective way in which to ensure that you are able to both heat and cool your home efficiently, it can also make it all but impossible to ventilate your home effectively. That is why you may want to use an ERV (energy recovery ventilator) in Sanger, CA. Contact Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning today to learn more about these beneficial devices. 

What is an Energy Recovery Ventilator?

An energy recovery ventilator (ERV) is a mechanical ventilation device which is installed directly into the ductwork of an HVAC system. It functions by bringing fresh air from the outdoors into ones living space; during the process, a heat exchanger within the device is used to precondition the incoming air by transferring heat as needed. During the summer, the ERV will transfer heat from the fresh, but hot, incoming air to the cool, but stale, outgoing air. In the winter, heat from the air being vented out of the house is used in order to preheat the incoming fresh air, which is much cooler. Additionally, an ERV is also able to balance humidity by mixing the 2 air streams just enough to facilitate moisture transfer.

Benefits of Using an ERV

The main benefit of using an energy recovery ventilator is the fact that you can keep the air in your home fresh and of a higher quality than you’d be able to if you were just running your HVAC system all of the time. Sufficient ventilation is a must if you want to prevent pollutants from building up within the home, and to prevent your AC from drying out the air too much. Plus, an energy recovery ventilator allows you to repurpose thermal energy, meaning that you won’t waste the energy you’ve used in order to heat or cool the air in your home as you vent it outside. Contact us to learn more.