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Wait, What the Heck are HRVs and ERVs?

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All you ever hear us HVAC technicians talking about is efficiency, efficiency, efficiency, so of course, we think it’s pretty important!

But here’s the problem: our homes are often sealed up so tightly that we don’t let any fresh air in! And while this is great for efficiency, it’s terrible for indoor air quality. So, what can we do?

Well, one way to combat this issue is with a heat or energy recovery ventilator! Below, we’ve explained exactly what these systems are, how they’re used, and the benefits that come with having one installed. So, what are you waiting for? Keep reading to find out more!

What are HRVs and ERVs?

HRVs and ERVs are essentially mechanical ventilators, but with a twist: the heat exchanger. This allows them to transfer heat between air streams, allowing for proper ventilation without sacrificing efficiency.

To put it simply, during the summer, the HRV or ERV will transfer heat from the fresh, but warm, incoming air to the stale, but cool, outgoing air. This precools the incoming air so that your AC doesn’t have to work quite as hard. The reverse applies in the winter, as the system prewarms the incoming air, taking work off of your heater’s plate.

What’s the Difference Between an HRV and ERV?

HRV and ERV systems work similarly to each other in terms of temperature regulation. However, the major difference between these two systems is that an ERV, unlike an HRV, can transfer humidity in addition to heat.

So, What are the Benefits?

There are plenty of reasons to consider having an HRV or ERV installed in your home:

  • Better Efficiency: Perhaps the number one benefit of having one of these systems installed is better efficiency. And, when your heater and AC are energy efficient, it means you’ll spend less money on your energy bills.
  • Better Indoor Air Quality: With an HRV or ERV system in place, you won’t have to worry about allowing fresh air into your home. You can certainly expect your indoor air quality to improve.
  • Improved Comfort: Better indoor air quality combined with better efficiency means that you can expect your overall comfort to improve.

Call in a Professional

If you are interested in having an HRV or ERV installed in your home, then call in a professional. Only a pro has the tools, training, and expertise to safely and correctly handle the complex needs of your HVAC systems in Kingman, AZ the first time around.

And yes, there may be plenty of amateurs willing to service your system for a fairly cheap price, but remember that sometimes an attempt to save money could end up costing you much more in the long run. It is always better to call in a professional. Trust us, when it comes to your comfort and your budget, you don’t want to take any risks.

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of an HRV or an ERV, contact our team! Air Control Home Services, Home Comfort Made Easy!

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