Winters are pretty mild here in Vista, CA, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want your home to function as effectively as possible. With fall officially here, you may wish to look into ways that you can improve your home’s energy efficiency, with a new upgrade to your HVAC system and perhaps something more extensive as well. We often recommend installing a heat recovery ventilator (or an energy recovery ventilator if you want to take advantage of the technology in the summer as well as the winter), and now is an excellent time to do so while the weather is still warm. Here’s a quick rundown on how it works.
New Air In, Old Air Out
The system itself is placed in your attic and basically consists of a pair of ducts with a heat exchanger in the middle. The two ducts never touch, but the heat exchanger can swap the temperature of the air traveling through them. Each duct contains a fan, one that blows air out of your home and another that pulls outside air in. The heat exchanger ensures that the incoming air retains the same temperature as the outgoing air.
It may seem like a lot of time and effort for very little effect, but in fact, the heat recovery ventilator offers some huge benefits:
- It lets your heating system function more effectively — cutting down on your energy consumption by up to 40% according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
- It allows you to ventilate the home — removing germs and that stale feeling from the household — without having to open any doors or windows in the winter. That is almost more important than the first one, since it helps keep your family healthy.
Those benefits will stay with you for many years following the system’s installation. Call the pros at Aspen Cooling and Heating, Inc. to find out more!