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Energy Recovery Ventilators in Colorado Springs, CO by Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning
Trying to maintain indoor air quality in a home, while also keeping the heater and air conditioner energy efficient, presents a conundrum. To increase air quality in a home, fresh air should periodically circulate and remove the stale air. However, to open up a house’s interior to allow in fresh air means breaking the heat sealing that is so vital for the efficient operation of an air conditioner and heater. A home loses energy in order to gain fresh air.
There are ways to enjoy higher quality indoor air without energy loss, however, and one of the best is through professional installation of an energy recovery ventilator into your HVAC system. Contact Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning and speak to one of our indoor air quality experts today to learn more about what an energy recovery ventilator can do for your home.
Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning offers services for energy recovery ventilators in Colorado Springs, CO and the surrounding areas.
What an Energy Recovery Ventilator Does
An energy recovery ventilator (ERV) is a device integrated into the ventilation system of a home that draws fresh air into the ductwork and transfers energy between this outside air and the inside air before sending it to the heater/air conditioner. This action, called counter–flow heat exchange, pre–heats or pre–cools the air as needed so that the house receives fresh outdoor air at a comfortable temperature, and the HVAC system won’t need to overwork.
Imagine a cold winter day: fresh but cold outdoor air enters through a vent into the ventilation system. The ERV draws this cold air past an outgoing stream of stale but warm indoor air. Heat from the indoor air transfers to the outdoor air, warming it up. The fresh air is now pre–heated before it goes to the heating system, reducing the stress on the system and keeping out cold drafts. The process works in reverse during a hot summer day: the incoming warm air loses heat to the outgoing air, cooling it down before it reaches the air conditioner.
Reasons to Consider Professional ERV Installation
The principle benefit of a professional energy recovery ventilator installation is that it reduces the energy waste from the HVAC system that would otherwise occur if you allowed fresh outdoor air into your home. An ERV will recover around 85% of the energy that would otherwise be lost, so your heating and cooling bills will remain low even when you receive circulation of the fresh air necessary for better comfort and health conditions through your home.
An additional benefit from an ERV is that it helps maintain balanced indoor humidity: as heat transfers between the indoor and outdoor air, so does moisture.
It is important that you contact professionals in indoor air quality to install an ERV. A system must be sized correctly and installed right so that it will not malfunction and end up increasing energy waste. You don’t want to take a risk with amateur services when it comes to your HVAC system. You will also need professionals for occasional maintenance and repair services.
Contact Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning for Energy Recovery Ventilator Services
If your home suffers from stuffy, uncomfortable air, but you worry about seeing a spike in utility bills from opening up the doors and windows each time you want to air the rooms out, you will probably benefit from the help of a technician at Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning to outfit your HVAC system with an energy recovery ventilator. Call us today for answers to all your questions and to arrange for ERV service.