An energy recovery ventilator (and its cousin the heat recovery ventilator) is placed in your attic or similar space as a means of improving the energy efficiency of your home. It consists of a pair of ducts connected to fans: one of which blows stale air out of your house and another that pulls fresh air in. A heat exchanger in the middle of the system keeps the incoming air at the same temperature as the air in the house. Even in towns with mild winters like Oceanside, CA, that can provide a number of tangible benefits. Here are 3 of them which you should consider if an ERV sounds right for you.
1. Lower Energy Bills
By helping your home maintain its temperature more effectively, ERV systems ease the burden on your heater and air conditioner. That means you’ll likely use much less energy to keep your home the correct temperature – lowering your bills in the process – and subsequently reducing the wear and tear on your HVAC systems. Over time, it could save you as great deal of money, as well as extending the day when you have to replace your heating and air conditioning system.
2. Freshen the Air
We tend to lock our homes down when the air gets cool: keeping doors and windows closed to keep the heat in. It’s a sensible policy, but it also causes the air to stagnate. Cold and flu bugs will spread to your family more readily, and mold and bacteria could become a problem. An energy recovery ventilator solves that issue without forcing you to open your doors or windows on a cold day.
3. Controls Moisture
Humidity can be a problem here on the coast sometimes, especially in the summer. An ERV helps keep high humidity at bay, making your home a more comfortable place to be.
Contact Aspen Cooling and Heating, Inc. for ERV installation and repair.