You know the feeling: It’s freezing outside and you’ve had the heater on for a while. The temperature is back up to the point where you can feel your extremities, but now you’ve got a new problem: the air is as dry as a desert. Or perhaps you’ve got the opposite problem, that of humidity so high that you always feel like you just got out of a pool. Fortunately, there is a single solution to both of these problems. Let’s take a look at energy recovery ventilators, and why you should consider installing one.
What is it?
An energy recovery ventilator is a special device that expels stale indoor air outside, while bringing fresh air from the outside indoors. Inside the device is a small heat exchanger. As the fresh air and stale air enter from opposite sides, they equalize each other’s temperatures on the way to their respective destinations. During the cold season this makes the fresh air coming in warmer. That eases the burden on the home’s heating system, instead of increasing it by blowing a bunch of cold air into the house and lowering the temperature. During the summer months, the air coming in will be cooler for the same reason.
Why Consider Installing One?
Energy recovery ventilators are a good idea for anyone who wants fresh air in their home. Usually, the way to garner that fresh air is simply to open a window. When it’s snowing outside, however, that really isn’t an option. Energy recovery ventilators eliminate the tradeoff, so that you can have better indoor air quality while keeping the temperature you want.
Energy recovery ventilators can also act as dehumidifiers, keeping the air at around 40-50% humidity. This is maintains the sweet spot between air that is too dry and air that is too wet, keeping the occupants of the home comfortable. Whether you are using air conditioning or heating, an energy recovery ventilator is a great way to keep your home feeling fresh.
If you’d like to know more about energy recovery ventilators or to schedule heating service in Los Angeles, call Kilowatt.