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Heat and Energy Recovery Ventilators in Escondido, CA
One of the greatest challenges that the modern homeowner faces is striking the right balance between comfort, energy efficiency, and high indoor air quality. In our climate, which is quite hot for much of the year, people tend to seal up their homes pretty tightly and to run their air conditioners regularly. This leads to stale, dry air in the house. During the winter, windows are shut and heaters are turned on, with little ventilation allowed.
While that approach may be helpful in keeping heating and cooling costs in check, it comes at the expense of the air quality throughout your living space. There is a solution, though, and quite a simple one at that. Simply put a heat or energy recovery ventilator to work. Heat and energy recovery ventilators in Escondido, CA are on the rise, as homeowners look to help their HVAC systems excel. Contact Excel Air Corporation to have your HRV or ERV installed.
What Are Heat and Energy Recovery Ventilators?
HRV systems (heat recovery ventilators) and ERV systems (energy recovery ventilators) are basically mechanical ventilation devices that also serve as heat exchangers. During the winter months, your HRV or ERV helps you to bring fresh, but cold, air into your home by using the outgoing warm, but stale, air in order to preheat the incoming airstream. That takes some of the strain off of your heater by recovering much of the energy that you used to heat the outgoing air.
In the summer, the air in your home is dried out as the AC cools it over and over again. The ERV or HRV system vents this air outside, and it absorbs some of the heat from the incoming air. This essentially means that you are allowing fresh, precooled air into your home. You don’t have to worry about driving up energy costs by letting hot air into your home, but you also don’t have to settle for subpar IAQ.
Which System Is Right for Me?
ERV systems and HRV systems obviously have pretty similar applications. The major difference between the two is the fact that heat recovery ventilator systems do not transfer humidity between the incoming and outgoing air streams. An HRV system does mingle the airstreams enough to allow for this. Generally, ERVs are preferred in more humid climates.
This does not mean, however, that you could not stand to benefit from an ERV in Escondido, CA. There are a lot of factors to consider, including the vegetation surrounding your property, the layout of your home on your property, airtightness, and more. This is just another reason why working with IAQ professionals, such as those on our team, is so vital.
We Install and Service HRV and ERV Systems
Whether a heat recovery or energy recovery model, this type of ventilation equipment absolutely must be installed and serviced by skilled, trained professionals. There is no way that a general handyman or DIY enthusiast can integrate this type of product into your existing HVAC system. We, on the other hand, excel in every job that we do.
While ERV and HRV systems require very little in the way of maintenance, they need to be at least inspected annually during your regularly scheduled HVAC maintenance service. If you notice that your energy costs are spiking once more, or if the air quality in your home starts to go down again, let us know. If energy or heat recovery repairs in Escondido, CA are necessary, we’ll do the job right.