Today, homes are built with energy efficiency in mind, meaning that they are so tightly sealed that conditioned air is unable to escape from it. Of course, many of you are probably wondering how this could possibly be a bad thing…
Well, a home that is so tightly sealed does not allow fresh air inside, dramatically decreasing your indoor air quality. As you may know, poor indoor air quality can lead to all sorts of other issues, like frequent illness, worsening allergies, and decreased comfort. So, what do you do?
Many homeowners are opting to have ERVs, or energy recovery ventilators, installed in their homes. Energy recovery ventilators ensure that you are striking the right balance between comfort, efficiency, and indoor air quality. Keep reading below to find out more!
First Off, What is an Energy Recovery Ventilator?
Energy recovery ventilators are whole-house ventilation devices. These devices are great because they contain heat exchangers which allow them to transfer heat between air streams. This means that they can still bring fresh air into your home while simultaneously cooling or heating. You won’t have to waste any energy!
During the summer, for example, you may experience a sweltering hot day, but your indoor air starts to feel stale. Sure, you could open a window and let some fresh air in, but you also don’t want to deal with the issue of hot air. An ERV system can bring fresh air into your home and pre-cool this air in the process.
This Sounds Cool! What are the Benefits?
There are plenty of benefits of installing an ERV in your home. These benefits include:
- Improved Efficiency: The pre-cooling action of the ERV helps take some of the workload off of your air conditioner. When your AC does not have to work as hard to cool the air coming into your home, it’ll use significantly less energy, keeping your bills to a minimum!
- Better Indoor Air Quality: With an energy recovery ventilator in place, you can always have a steady stream of fresh air coming into your home. This is a great way to boost indoor air quality without having to sacrifice comfort and efficiency!
I Want One! Now What?
If you are interested in installing an energy recovery ventilator in your home, it is important that you first consult with a professional from your local Durham HVAC company. A professional will be able to assess the needs of your home and recommend the system that is going to best meet your unique efficiency and comfort needs.
Remember, for the best possible results, it is important to have a qualified HVAC technician install your new ERV system. Professional installation ensures that your new system is set up for a long and successful service life. Additionally, you want to be sure that you follow up with the services that your system needs to work efficiently and effectively for years to come, like annual maintenance services!
For all your indoor air quality needs, contact the professionals at Ideal Services Heating & Cooling today!