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How Does an Energy Recovery Ventilator Help My AC?

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Here in Orange, CA, we need to look for any edge we can find when it comes to your air conditioner. There are a number of upgrades and additions to your system that can lower strain on your AC and reduce bills accordingly. New thermostats and zone control systems can do wonders, but if you’re looking for a system that can really cut into those bills, you should consider an energy recovery ventilator in your attic. What is it and how can it help your AC? Read on for the answers. (more…)

How Do Energy Recovery Ventilators Work?

Monday, November 16th, 2015

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. (more…)

What Is an Energy Recovery Ventilator?

Monday, October 12th, 2015

If you’re a homeowner, energy efficiency becomes the order of the day, and here in La Habra, CA, that means getting the most out of your heating and cooling system. Our summers are hot enough to make you really feel the pinch and while our winters are fairly mild, you still need your heater to function as it should. But beyond the temperature in your home, you want to make sure you aren’t paying more than you should for it, and that means keeping your home energy efficient. (more…)

How an Energy Recovery Ventilator Can Benefit You

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Indoor air quality is a serious issue in many homes today; in fact, in many cases the air inside a home can be 4 to 5 times worse than the air found outside. One of the reasons for this is that the heavy insulation on homes designed to make them more energy efficient (less heat loss in cold weather, less heat gain in warm weather) also prevents fresh outdoor air from circulating. The result is air that continues to move through the house, becoming stale and filled with dust, dirt, dander, and other indoor pollution.

The indoor air quality specialists at JC Mechanical Inc. are available to help you increase your indoor air quality while maintaining energy efficiency. Give us a call today for service in Southern California.

One option you have to allow fresh air into your home without losing the energy efficiency is the installation of an energy recovery ventilator (ERV). An ERV permits fresh air into your home, but pre-cools or pre-heats it, depending on the weather, which will prevent your heater or air conditioner from working too hard.

The major benefits of an energy recovery ventilator:

  • Fresh air means better air quality: An energy recovery ventilator draws fresh air through an outdoor vent and exhausts the indoor air. The fresh air replacing the stale indoor air means a healthier indoor environment, with fewer contaminants.
  • Savings on heating and cooling: The fresh air entering your home will not place an extra burden on your heating and cooling system. Normally, if you allowed outdoor air into your home during a hot summer day, your AC would strain and cost more to run. But the ERV recovers the energy that would normally be lost from the exposure to fresh air, pre-conditioning it. The fresh air that reaches your AC will already have transferred most of its heat to the outgoing air, making the air conditioner’s job easier—and your bills lower. The process works the same during cold weather.
  • More balanced humidity: An ERV transfers moisture between the incoming fresh air and the outgoing stale air along with heat, which will help keep indoor humidity balanced no matter the time of year.

You must have professionals select and install an energy recovery ventilator for your home to make sure that it works as it should. Don’t attempt this on your own, or entrust the work to amateurs.

If you think that an ERV is a good idea for your house, call JC Mechanical Inc. today and ask about our installation services. We have served Southern California homes since 1992.