Indoor Air Quality
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With energy costs and environmental concerns being what they are today, it seems like everyone is more concerned with energy efficiency than ever before. The unfortunate truth is that sealing up a home to make it more energy efficient, while successful in that goal, can also result in very low indoor air quality throughout the house. This is why we recommend the use of ERV and HRV systems in Chesterfield, MO.
Energy recover ventilators and heat recovery ventilators work in much the same manner (with one major difference, which we’ll get into below). The ultimate goal of each system is to help you to keep your energy costs in check without sacrificing indoor air quality. Our NATE and NCI-certified, licensed, and OSHA trained HVAC technicians never lose site of the importance of that “V”: ventilation!
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How Does Heat Recovery and Energy Recovery Work?
A heat recovery ventilator/energy recovery ventilator is a mechanical ventilation device. Natural ventilation used to be a great means by which to help keep the air in homes fresh. That being said, it did also allow for a lot of unwanted heat transfer both into and out of homes. So homes got sealed up more tightly, solving the efficiency problem but leaving IAQ in the lurch.
With an ERV system or an HRV system in Chesterfield, MO, you are able to use an outgoing airstream to essentially precondition the fresh incoming air. In the summer, dry, stale air vented out of the house, with that airstream absorbing heat from the incoming fresh, but hot, air. In the winter, the old, warm air heats up the fresh but cold incoming air. This takes a lot of strain off the HVAC systems.
What’s the Difference?
The transfer of humidity. That’s pretty much it. An HRV transfers heat both ways, just like an energy recovery ventilator. However, the ERV is also able transfer humidity between the two airstreams. HRVs are typically used in those areas where high humidity is still an issue even in the winter, with ERVs typically being used where humidity is a problem year round.
Now, this is recommendation is based on the outdoor climate, and that does not take into account a number of factors like home size vs. number of occupants, amount of natural ventilation, etc. To determine if an ERV or an HRV is right for you, you are going to need to work with a professional HVAC technician. Contact us to have your home assessed and to get a personalized recommendation.
Let Our Team Install and Service Your HRV or ERV
Installing a single component into an existing HVAC system may not seem like that big of a job when compared to actually designing and installing a system from the ground up. However, installing such a device improperly will negatively affect the performance of the system at large, even doing serious damage to that system in the process.
Let us install, repair, and maintain your HRV or ERV, along with the rest of your HVAC system. That way, you can count on every component in that system functioning precisely as it ought to. Only then will you enjoy truly outstanding comfort and indoor air quality in Chesterfield, MO.