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What Is an Energy Recovery Ventilator?

At Design Comfort, we don’t think that our valued clients, yourself included, should have to choose between great comfort and great energy efficiency. However, because modern homes tend to be so tightly sealed in an effort to protect efficiency levels, there is one important facet in the overall comfort equation which frequently suffers: indoor air quality. Simply put, the failure to sufficiently ventilate your home is going to lead to problems with the quality of the air therein. As you may have guessed, though, we have a solution to share with you. Consider the use of an energy recovery ventilator in West Jordan, UT. If you decide, after reading the following information, that an ERV is right for, dial our number to schedule exceptional ERV services.

What an Energy Recovery Ventilator Does

An energy recovery ventilator is a mechanical ventilation system. Essentially, it allows for the exchange of stale air from within the home for fresh air from without. Naturally, simply swapping the air out would be problematic, as you would waste the energy used to condition the outgoing air in the process; that is why you don’t simply throw open the windows in the winter, right? Well, an ERV does not simply facilitate the exchange of air into and out of one’s home: it also acts as a heat exchanger.

During the winter, when you run your heater to warm your home, the ERV uses the heat in the outgoing, stale air in order to pre-warm the incoming air, which is fresh but quite cold. In doing so, the heat you’ve paid to generate is repurposed as the two air streams pass by one another. During the summer, when your AC is tasked with cooling the air in your home, the outgoing air pre-cools the hot, but fresh, air coming in. The streams will also mix just enough to help balance the humidity between them, further boosting comfort. The result is great ventilation, which protects your comfort and indoor air quality, without sacrificing the efficiency with which you heat and cool your home.

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