If you are frustrated by the stale air in your home, a ventilation system may provide you with the remedy needed to not only eliminate odors but also dilute pollutants. Home sealing is great for improving the energy efficiency of your home comfort system, but it can also foster a polluted environment. This may be surprising, but the reality is that everything from air freshener to chemicals in your home’s structural materials can taint the air that you breathe. An energy recovery or heat recovery ventilator may help.
What Is a Heat Recovery Ventilator
There are different types of ventilation solutions available.
- Exhaust-only ventilation expels contaminated air but doesn’t address the need for a supply of fresh air.
- Supply ventilation systems use central fans to pull in fresh air.
- Recovery ventilators pull in fresh air while expelling polluted air, providing an exchange that leads to dilution of the pollutants in the home.
The recovery aspect addresses the potential for energy loss based on the introduction of hot or cold air into the house. An HRV allows for heat transfer between the incoming and outgoing airstreams, allowing the incoming air to be preconditioned to avoid a severe impact on indoor conditions. During winter months, for example, the incoming cold air is able to absorb heat from the outgoing air, creating less disparity as the incoming air mingles with the indoor airstream. Similarly, the incoming air is cooled by outgoing conditioned air during summer months.
What Is the Difference Between an ERV and an HRV?
Energy recovery ventilators and heat recovery ventilators are almost identical. The only major difference is that an ERV includes a paper core that allows humidity to be absorbed from incoming air to limit the effect on the indoor relative humidity. An ERV is recommended for humid climates, and an HRV is often the best choice in colder climates. However, there are many cases in which either system is suitable.
Additional Air Quality and Home Heating Products
As you prepare for the winter months in Greek Town Chicago, you may want to consider additional indoor air quality products to ensure that your family benefits from healthy and comfortable air. Some of these include:
- Humidifiers – the low humidity levels during winter heating can create uncomfortable conditions while causing you to raise your thermostat settings, making a humidification system an important supplement to your HVAC system
- Air cleaning – attack those cold and flu germs with a germicidal air cleaner
- UV lamps – keep mold and bacteria from developing and multiplying in your heat pump coils and air ducts
- Carbon monoxide monitoring – keep your family safe by ensuring that you are alerted if the invisible gas infiltrates your home
Hollub, Inc., can address all of your indoor air quality and home heating concerns in Greek Town Chicago. Whether you are ready to install a ventilator or whether you need an indoor air quality evaluation, our representatives can schedule an appointment when you call or email.