Indoor Air Quality
Energy Recovery Ventilators in Schererville, IN
Our weather often calls for us to seal up our homes rather tightly. Your windows and your doors are closed so that your heater (or your air conditioner) can run properly. And this keeps you more comfortable—but not always completely so. A lack of fresh air can cause discomfort as well, and being in a home with all of the windows and doors shut can take its toll. Of course, opening up a window isn’t a possibility when you’re trying to save money on heating and cooling costs.
An energy recovery ventilator is a whole-home comfort product that works with your HVAC system to bring in fresh air without any major effect on your energy bills. It uses a heat exchanger to heat up air before it comes in or to keep hot air from entering in the summer. All you have to worry about is scheduling installation. Call our team, and we’ll make sure that you get everything you need to stay comfortable. Earl's Heating & Air Conditioning is a trusted name in indoor air quality products in the Schererville, IN area, and we’ve been serving Northwest Indiana since 1975.
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How an Energy Recovery Ventilator Works
An energy recovery ventilator is more than just a vent cut into your wall to let in fresh air. This would cause your energy bills to spike rather dramatically, since the outdoor air is probably far from the temperature you want your indoor air to be. Your AC and heating system would have to work harder, which could overwork the system.
An energy recovery ventilator has a heat exchanger there for air to pass through after it’s sucked into your home’s HVAC system. In the wintertime, this means that the warm air that’s already in your HVAC system transfers its heat to the air entering the HVAC system, so that it’s not too chilly when it enters. Then, the stale indoor air exits to the outdoors so that the fresh outdoor air can get through.
The same system works for getting fresh air in the summer. You don’t want the heat from the outdoors to enter your home as you operate your HVAC system. Therefore, the stale air from the inside vents out of the home as a fan sucks in the outside air. As the outgoing cool, stale air and the incoming warm fresh air cross paths, the fresh air loses some heat to the outgoing airstream.
ERV or HRV System?
An energy recovery ventilator (ERV) and a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) system are very similar in function, which is why you may be confused about which one to choose. The main benefit of an ERV system over an HRV is that the energy recovery process can actually help to control humidity levels as well, as the heat exchanger also helps to transfer moisture.
Let the fresh air in with an energy recovery ventilation system from the professionals at Earl's Heating & Air Conditioning. We can install your system professionally, or provide service when you suspect your ERV system is not working properly. Call to learn more about your indoor air quality options in Schererville.