Bartels Heating & Cooling Blog: Posts Tagged ‘energy recovery ventilator’

What Can an Energy Recovery Ventilator Do for You?

Monday, February 28th, 2022

cool-house-hot-houseThe answer is: quite a lot! Energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) are special devices that professionals can install into HVAC systems to allow for better indoor air quality without the sacrifice of significant energy efficiency indoors.

Here is the conundrum that an ERV helps a homeowner face: The best way to enjoy fresher air in your house is to allow for more air circulation from outside. An influx of outdoor air replaces the stale indoor air and sweeps out numerous pollutants. But to bring in that outdoor air requires opening up windows and doors, and this isn’t ideal during the height of winter or summer. Opening up the house either brings in the heat (summer) or lets the heat escape (winter). An HVAC system must work overtime trying to maintain comfortable levels inside when the house is open like that, and this wastes energy.

How does an ERV help overcome this problem? We’ll get into that below.

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3 Ways to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Monday, June 13th, 2016

It turns out that the quality of the air inside of buildings is often worse than the outside air—sometimes about 3-5 times worse. You may have started to notice the signs of poor air quality, whether people are coughing and sneezing, or you just feel like the air is stuffy and stale.

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It’s All About That Air: Energy Recovery Ventilators

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Advances with home products, including better insulation, insulated windows and doors and better ductwork construction have made homes so air-tight that a new problem has developed: there’s a lack of good ventilation. Opening a window in the middle of winter or at the height of summer is not a solution to this problem, but we have something that is: an energy recovery ventilator, also known as an ERV.

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