We want to keep our homes cool, especially now when the heat has really gotten ramped up. It makes sense that keeping cool air in your home has become a priority. The problem that many people run into as summer rolls forward is that the air in their homes begins to become stale. When the same supply of air is circulated over and over again, it can become a bit too dry for anyone’s enjoyment.
The problem? It isn’t like you can crack a window on a 100°F day for fresh air and expect your home’s temperature to remain the same. But you don’t have to choose between fresh air or cool air anymore. The installation of an energy recovery ventilator in Charlottesville can help you enjoy fresh air that is still cool and improves your comfort rather than undermines it.
What Are Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs)?
An energy recovery ventilator (ERV) is a system that is made to help improve indoor air quality. The primary purpose of this system is to pull fresh air into your home from outside and pre-cool it before it enters the house. By doing this, it can freshen up the air indoors and alleviate some of the discomfort created by over-filtered stale air.
The Difference Between HRVs and ERVs
You may have heard of ERVs before but you might be a bit confused because you’ve also heard of Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs). Are they the same thing? No, but they are extremely similar.
ERVs and HRVs are both made to bring fresh air into your home and pre-cool it (or pre-heat it in the winter) without using extra energy. In this way, they are the same.
The difference? An ERV also brings in a certain amount of humidity in order to combat overly dry air. This is especially helpful for heating needs in the winter, but it can also be helpful if you are battling with a lack of moisture in your home in the summer. Believe it or not, having air that is too dry in your home during summer will end up making you uncomfortable.
The Key Benefits of an ERV Installation
Are there benefits to using one of these systems? There are! Here are some of the top reasons to consider an ERV for your home.
- Fresher air: Adding fresh air to your home can help alleviate the scratchy stale feeling of overly filtered air. It can even help your home smell better.
- Better comfort: When you have fresh air in the home it is actually more comfortable for you because it improves your indoor air quality.
- Energy efficiency: An ERV uses the energy that is already in the air to pre-cool the fresh air that it brings into the home. This allows you to enjoy better indoor air quality without forcing you to spend more on your energy bills.
We can’t control the weather outside of your home, but we can control the weather inside your home. Schedule your installation for an indoor air quality system with Mack Morris Heating & Air Conditioning.