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Heat and Energy Recovery Ventilators
One of the reasons indoor air quality in homes today is often poor is because of the lack of outside ventilation. The stale indoor air stays trapped inside because of the heavy insulation built into the home, preventing the air replacements necessary to remove contaminant-filled air and bring in fresh air. Because of this, the air indoors can be three to four times worse than that outdoors.
How can you allow the bad air out and the fresh air in without opening up the windows and bringing in outside heat or cold as well? That’s the big dilemma—but it’s one Happy Heating & Cooling can solve. We install heat and energy recovery ventilators for better air quality without a sacrifice in heating and cooling. Call us today for service in Colorado Springs, CO: “We’re not happy until you’re happy!”
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How Energy and Heat Recovery Ventilators Work
The simple explanation for heat recovery ventilators (HRV) and energy recovery ventilators (ERV) is that they exhaust the indoor air and bring in a current of fresh outdoor air. Of course, any ventilation fan can do that—the difference with ERV and HRV systems is that they use the indoor air to either pre–cool or pre–heat the incoming air. In this way, they recover the energy used by the heater or A/C to originally condition the air and use it on the incoming air.
A basic example: On a cold winter day, an ERV system draws the warm air that was heated by the furnace into the ventilation system. At the same time, it draws in a current of fresh, cold air from outside. The two currents of air pass through a heat exchanger in the ERV, where the warm air loses its heat to the cool air, pre–heating it. The stale indoor air is exhausted outside, and the now–warmer fresh air continues into the home. The process works in the reverse in summer.
Should You Install an ERV or HRV System?
Reading the above, you might be wondering what the difference is between an energy recovery ventilator and a heat recovery ventilator. The truth is: not that much. The principal difference is that moisture is also allowed to move between the two currents during crosscurrent heat exchange in an energy recovery ventilator. This gives the ERV humidity balance properties as well.
The right type of system for your home depends on different factors. If humidity balance is a regular issue for your house, an ERV may be best. However, HRVs tend to work better in colder weather. Let the professionals decide which is best for you.
We Offer Full ERV and HRV Services
Your whole house will benefit with an ERV or HRV system in place. HRVs and ERVs recover 80% of the energy that would otherwise be lost to the outside, and you’ll see savings on your energy bill. You’ll enjoy fresher, cleaner air, and a household that doesn’t feel stuffy on summer or winter days.
You must have IAQ professionals install these ventilators. Happy Heating & Cooling offers the best in heat and energy recovery services in Colorado Springs, CO, and we back up our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.