In this day and age, more and more homeowners are focusing more and more on energy efficiency in their homes. One of the most effective ways in which to boost that energy efficiency is by sealing their homes up tightly. While this can help to prevent the unwanted transfer of heat into or out of homes, it also may lead to some problems.
Specifically, insufficient ventilation can lead to issues with low indoor air quality in the house. So what is the homeowner to do? Enjoy better air quality while wasting energy? Save energy, but allow indoor air quality to suffer? How about none of the above? When you have Snellville Heating, Air and Plumbing outfit your home with a heat or energy recovery ventilator in Snellville, GA, you won’t have to choose between high air quality and efficiency.
What Are HRV and ERV Systems?
Heat recovery ventilators and energy recovery ventilators are mechanical ventilation devices designed to help you get the most out of the energy that you’ve paid for to heat or cool your home with. Basically, they use a heat exchanger in order to transfer heat between the incoming and outgoing air streams. They work year round in order to maximize energy savings regardless of what the season is.
In the summer, the systems vent out cool, but stale and dry air, and use that outgoing airstream to remove heat from the fresh, but hot, incoming air. In the winter the heated air being vented out of the house will preheat the incoming air that is fresh, but cold. This takes some of the strain off of your HVAC systems.
Do I Need an HRV or an ERV?
There is one major difference between heat recovery ventilators and energy recovery ventilators. While both work year round in order to save energy when heating and cooling your home, ERV systems also work to balance humidity. The airstreams are allowed to cross just enough to do so. With an HRV system in Snellville, GA, just heat is being transferred between the streams.
Because using an HRV will typically increase humidity levels in the home during the summer, an ERV is traditionally the advised system in hot and humid climates. However, this doesn’t mean that a heat recovery ventilator may not be right for your home. There are a lot of factors to consider, and working with our comfort advisors will ensure that you have the right one in your residence.
Let Us Install and Service Your HRV or ERV System
The last thing that you want to do is damage your ERV/HRV, your HVAC system, or your home itself by attempting to integrate new equipment into the system at large. Leave the HRV/ERV installation to the NATE–certified professionals on our staff. We’ll do the job right.
With 30 years of experience in the industry and an unwavering commitment to our customers and their overall satisfaction with the work that we do, you can feel comfortable in hiring Snellville Heating, Air and Plumbing to handle all of your indoor air quality services. After all—
Your comfort is OUR business.