A heat recovery ventilator (HRV) uses virtually noise-free fans that draw in fresh, cool outdoor air, while removing stale, heated indoor air. An energy recovery ventilation (ERV) performs the same function, but utilizes a rotary energy recovery wheel. In both cases, the units transfer the temperature and moisture properties from one air stream to the other, without allowing the two airflow streams to mix. Both units offer easy access for change of filters and necessary maintenance, making them not only energy efficient but also easy to use.
How do I determine if a heat recovery ventilation (HRV) or energy recovery ventilator (ERV) is right for me?
If you’re wondering whether you need to clear the air in your home, you might ask yourself these questions:
- When was your home built? If your home is new, chances are it was built “tighter” to be more energy efficient. This may mean concentrations of air pollutants in your home could be a concern.
- Have you upgraded your home to be more energy efficient? If so, it may need an additional source of ventilation.
- How often throughout the course of a year can you comfortably open your windows? Due to cold winters and hot summers, it is not always possible to have your windows open year-round. This means that you may not always have a constant controlled source of ventilation.
- Do odors tend to linger in your home? If this is the case, it is a sign of poor ventilation. There isn’t enough air being circulated throughout the home to dilute unwanted odors.
- Your home comfort should include products and accessories that improve indoor air quality. Your family’s health and comfort should be priorities, and working together, we can help you provide your family with a breath of fresh air.
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