Freshen up Your Home Using Heat Recovery and Energy Recovery Ventilators
Finding ways to freshen up your indoor air can be tricky. You could open a window, but if the temperature outside is too hot or cold, you could end up feeling even more uncomfortable. Enter heat recovery and energy recovery ventilators. The experts at River City Heating & Air Conditioning explain what these systems do—and more importantly, how they can help you feel comfortable—below.
What Is an Energy Recovery Ventilator?
ERVs exchange stagnant, contaminated air with pre-filtered, outdoor air. This helps lower pollution levels in your Winona-area home without wasting energy. While effective, the ERV system design works best in warmer climates.
What Is a Heat Recovery Ventilator?
HRVs also bring fresh air into your home to replace stale air. These systems are more ideal for our Minnesota climate because they minimize heat loss to ensure efficiency.
Advantages of Air Ventilators
As we mentioned, it’s not always practical to open a window because of the weather. But open windows also allow allergy triggers like pollen inside, which can make you sneezy and uncomfortable. Ventilators eliminate this problem, allowing access to fresh but filtered air no matter the time of year.
Higher Energy Efficiency
During the ventilation process, stale air gets swapped for fresh air without letting any of it go to waste. That enables you to enjoy all the benefits of hot or cool air while knowing your energy bill won’t suffer.
Particularly in the summer, it’s common for condensation to build up in your home. Unfortunately, that can encourage mold, mildew, and other microorganisms to grow. While UV lights can also zap these pollutants away, a ventilator also helps get rid of moisture, making for a healthier home.