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Heat and Energy Recovery Ventilators in Hagerstown, MD
Why is indoor air quality often so poor in homes today? One of the reasons is the lack of circulation of outdoor air to replace the indoor air. This fresh air circulation helps to remove the pollutants that build up inside the house from sources like paint, cleaning products, combustion, cooking, chemicals, and numerous others. Modern homes are so strongly sealed against the outside that fresh air hardly has a chance to get in.
We recommend looking into a heat or energy recovery ventilator to get around this problem. Premier HVAC Services has installed many of these systems, and we’ll be glad to help you in Hagerstown, MD and throughout South-Central Pennsylvania. We carry the best products and are up-to-date with the latest technology so we can bring you the services you need.
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The Energy and Heat Recovery Ventilators in Action
You may never have heard of heat and energy recovery ventilators, also known as HRV and ERV systems. These are devices our HVAC experts can integrate into the ventilation system connected to your heating and air conditioning. The device draws a current of outdoor air into duct work and draws it into a chamber where it either pre-heats the fresh air or pre-cools it using a current from air indoors.
This is where "energy recovery" occurs. Instead of letting the energy your HVAC system used to either heat or cool the air in the house go to waste, the energy is harnessed to pre-condition the outdoor air. So cold outdoor air in winter is warmed up before it reaches the house, and hot outdoor air in summer is cooled down.
How You Benefit from an ERV or HRV System
The reason we often recommend using energy or heat recovery ventilators is because they permit fresh air circulation in a house without causing utility bills to skyrocket. What happens if you open the windows on a cold day in winter so you can have fresh air? The house becomes colder and the heating system must work far harder. The reverse happens with an air conditioner on a hot day. But an HRV/ERV system brings fresh air into the house already heated or cooled—and without any extra expense, because it recovered the energy from inside the house. You’ll have the best Triple Crown: fresher air, comfort, lower bills!
Humidity Control and the ERV and HRV Systems
Another benefit of using an ERV is that it helps with balancing humidity. As the air from indoors pre-heats or pre-cools the incoming air, it also exchanges moisture. This is very beneficial during summer, when the incoming air loses its high moisture levels before entering the house. This humidity balancing only works with ERVs—this is the big difference between the two systems. HRVs may not affect humidity, but they are more suited to cold climates.
Premier HVAC Services can make sure that you have the right type of ventilator for your house. Our technicians receive continuing training so they’re current with the best in HVAC technology. Our HVAC experts are what makes us great, and you’ll find that out when you need indoor air quality improvements in Hagerstown, MD or the surrounding areas.
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