Indoor Air Quality
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Heat and Energy Recovery Ventilators in Lake Havasu City, AZ
We live in a world where technology is constantly advancing. This has many convenient benefits like your endless access to knowledge that your laptop gives you, the reach you can have through something like social media, and the convenience something like your smartphone, smart watch, or even smart thermostat can give you. Technology does sometimes have unintended downsides though.
If you live in a newer, energy-efficient home, you probably know that one big downside is the lack of ventilation. It’s really hard to let fresh air into your home when your house is built airtight. But you’re not going to open a window when you’re running your heater in the winter just to let in fresh air, so that’s where heat recovery ventilators and energy recovery ventilators come in. If you’d like to circulate fresh air in your home, then try a heat recovery ventilator or an energy recovery ventilator to minimize energy loss. Contact us today to learn more!
Contact our team today for HRV or ERV services in Lake Havasu City or Mohave County, AZ!
Understanding These Systems
Here’s how these systems work. A heat recovery ventilator pre-heats the fresh air entering your HVAC system while an energy recovery ventilator pre-cools the air. Each system is used depending on whether it’s the heating or cooling season. Heat recovery ventilators and energy recovery ventilators do their job by running the fresh air through an outgoing current of indoor air inside the heat exchanger. This improves the indoor air quality of your home and it reduces the amount of strain on the heating and cooling system. These systems recover around 70% to 80% of the energy in the existing air and deliver it to your incoming air. ERVs in particular are great for our climate here in Arizona because we experience such extreme heat in the summer.
Why Should You Ventilate Your Home?
You might be wondering why you need to ventilate your home in the first place, so here are a few compelling reasons:
- To provide fresh air to your home to keep you and your family comfortable and healthy
- To boost your indoor air quality by ridding your home of stale air
- To lower or increase the relative indoor humidity, depending on the climate you live in
Choosing a ventilation system to boost your home’s air conditioning system in the summer will actually introduce more moisture into your home and raise the indoor relative humidity to a more comfortable level. This is helpful in our climate because the indoor relative humidity in homes here in Mohave County often drops below 30%, which creates extremely dry, unsustainable conditions, and the AC dries things out more.
Choosing the ERV or HRV System for Your Needs
So you want to ventilate your home—should you choose an HRV or an ERV system? Most people associate HRV systems with cold climates and ERV systems with hot climates, although the answer isn’t always that simple when you factor in other things like humidity and the build of your unique home. However, in a hot, dry climate like ours, it makes a lot more sense to install an ERV system. This type of system introduces moisture into your home alongside fresh air, which is exactly what we need in the dry desert climate of Arizona. If you want to be absolutely certain of what’s best for your home, make sure to contact a professional from our team and have them come out and assess your space.