How Do Energy Recovery Ventilators Work?

We don’t think much about energy efficiency here in La Habra, CA especially during our famously mild winters. When the temperature rarely drops below freezing, you don’t need to worry so much about losing warm air. In point of fact though, greater energy efficiency in your home can still save you a great deal of money, which is why you might want to consider installing an energy recovery ventilator in the attic of your home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, it can cut your energy bills by up to 40%, and works just as well retaining cool air in the summer as it does warm air in the winter. How do energy recovery ventilators, or ERVs work? Read on for a brief description.

Fresh Air Without Lowering the Temperature

The system itself consist of a length of duct that blows air into your home from outside, a second duct that blows air out from the inside, and a heat exchanger sitting at the midway point between them. The ducts themselves never cross, but as the air blows, the heat exchange shifts the temperature between them. As a result, your household gets fresh air constantly circulated without losing any of the hot air (or cool air in the summer) that your system has generated.

Why Does That Matter?

ERVs matter because the process helps ease the strain on your heater and air conditioner. They don’t have to work so hard to keep the temperature you set, which means that your monthly bills will go down and the chances of a breakdown are lowered as well. If used regularly over time, and ERV can extend the life of your heater and air conditioner, giving you more use for your investment and postponing the day when you’ll have to replace it.

Contact JC Mechanical today to install, repair and maintain an energy recovery ventilator.

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