Homes today are being sealed up tighter and tighter in the construction process. This is great news for energy efficiency, of course, as it helps to eliminate unwanted heat transfer via gaps in the home’s thermal envelope. What it’s not so great for, though, is indoor air quality.
Houses need a certain amount of natural ventilation in order to keep the air within at a high level of quality. If you want to ensure that your indoor air quality is high, but you don’t want to do so at the expense of energy efficiency, then we recommend the use of an energy recovery ventilator in Trion, GA. Contact us today to schedule service.
The ERV Difference
An ERV, or energy recovery ventilator, is a mechanical ventilation device that allows you to bring fresh air into your home without wasting the energy that you’ve used to make the indoor climate comfortable. It works year round, bringing in fresh air without adding strain to your heating or air conditioning systems. How does this work?
Well, rather than just venting old, stale air out and replacing it with air from outside, the ERV exchanges heat between the incoming and outgoing air streams. This is much different than just cracking a window and letting heat exit as fresh, cool air enters. During the winter, the ERV allows heat from the outgoing air to warm the air that is coming in. In the summer, the outgoing cool air absorbs heat from the hot air coming in. This preconditioning via energy recovery allows you to ventilate your home without putting efficiency on the chopping block.
Further helping the indoor air quality is that ERVs balance humidity between the airstreams as well. This helps to prevent the air in your home from getting too humid or too dry. We still recommend the use of whole-house humidification controls, but this is a step in the right direction.
Let Moody Heating and Air Conditioning help you to find the balance between efficiency, comfort, and air quality in your home.