As our summers get hotter and our winters get colder, many homeowners are installing more insulation and making their homes more impervious to energy leaks. The only downside to this is that your home can start to have poor indoor ventilation, which can make the air inside your home more polluted. Not only that, but the air can become stale and unhealthy to breathe. In addition, you may start experiencing issues with mold and mildew. This is why installing an energy recovery ventilator, or ERV, can be so beneficial. Energy recovery ventilators are typically installed into your current HVAC system and they can both ventilate your home and make your heating and cooling efforts more effective. They do this by pulling the stale air from inside your home and mixing it with either the cool air, or warm air, from the outside of your home to better regulate the indoor temperature. Here are some benefits of heat and energy recovery ventilators.
- They make your home more energy efficient. Because heat and energy recovery ventilators utilize the natural outdoor air and the cooled or heated indoor air, they can make your HVAC system much more efficient. Because of this, ERVs can also make your home more energy efficient and they can shrink your carbon footprint.
- They can save you money. Because you won’t have to rely so much on your heating or air conditioning system, energy recovery ventilators can also save you money. Basically, they “recover” energy from multiple available sources, so your heating and cooling bills become subsidized in a way. If you live in a particularly warm or cool environment, you may – for the sake of lowering your utility bills – want to install an energy recovery ventilation system.
- They can reduce moisture inside your home. Another place where ERVs recover energy is in your bathroom or kitchen – anywhere that there is excess moisture. If the humidity in your home is incredibly high, an energy recovery ventilator may be able to reduce that humidity. The less moisture there is in your home, the smaller the probability is for a mold outbreak, which can be messy and expensive to rectify.
- They make your home more comfortable. Indeed, by being able to more efficiently heat and cool your home, you will be able to increase your comfort level. In the wintertime, it can be easy to feel too warm, but also too cold when you turn the furnace off. With an energy recovery ventilator, the climate inside your home will be much better controlled and regulated, thus providing a much more comfortable environment. The same applies to the summertime – when the weather outside is extremely warm.
- They can reduce indoor air pollutants. Over insulation can reduce ventilation and it can increase the saturation of indoor air pollutants, like VOCs and benzene. Not only that, but unventilated air can have a higher concentration of carbon dioxide. A heat and energy recovery ventilator will be able to properly circulate your indoor air, so that your home can smell and feel better – and so that you can breathe much easier.