Bob Mims Heating & Air Conditioning Blog : Posts Tagged ‘energy recovery ventilator’

The Difference Between Heat and Energy Recovery Ventilators—Revealed!

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

airflow-diagramThere are many ways you can improve your home’s indoor air quality and its ventilation. One of the most useful is the installation of an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) or heat recovery ventilator (HRV), devices which allow fresh air into your house without it drastically changing the indoor temperatures and placing more stress on the AC or heater.

We usually talk about energy and heat recovery ventilators together, but they aren’t the exact same device. When people are looking for better home ventilation, they’re often curious about what’s different between the two. We’ll explain ERV vs. HRV below.

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An Energy Recovery Ventilator for Summer Weather

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

sun-and-snowflake-badgeIt’s not quite full spring weather yet here in Staten Island, but it’s definitely the time to start preparing for it. One of the essential steps is to schedule maintenance for your air conditioning system or heat pump so that it’s ready to go when the first heat hits.

But you can also take this time to help improve ventilation for the summer. It’s an unfortunate fact of modern living that houses are so well sealed against the outdoor weather to help them stay energy efficient that they don’t allow for proper fresh air circulation. But if you open up the windows in your house during the summer, what happens? Yes, heat comes in along with the fresh air, and that’s uncomfortable. You can blast the AC to try to overcome the heat, but then your electric bills start to rise.

There is a solution to this problem you can have installed in your ventilation system before summer heat arrives: the energy recovery ventilator (ERV).

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How We Can Improve Your Winter Indoor Air Quality

Monday, November 6th, 2017

woman-with-allergiesWinter brings with it more comfort challenges in a home than just ensuring everybody stays warm when the temperatures outside dive. Indoor air quality can become a serious issue because a home is frequently sealed off against the outdoor air to prevent heat from escaping. A sealed-up house will begin to develop stale, dry, and contaminant-filled air.

There are ways to boost indoor air quality during the winter that don’t require you to throw open the doors and windows and allow the outside chill to gust through the rooms while it’s freshening the air. Below are a few of the indoor air quality solutions we can offer you for a more comfortable, healthier winter.

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Indoor Air Quality Can Be a Serious Problem in Winter

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Question: Where is the air quality worse, outside a home or inside?

You’ll probably answer “outside,” since this is place people associate with pollution. But according to studies, the air quality inside a home (as well as other buildings) can be 3 to 4 times worse than the air outside! Why is this? It’s because a home has numerous sources of pollutants inside it. Just a short list: gas-using appliances, cosmetics, personal care products, hobby products, cleaning supplies, air fresheners, paint, varnish, and pressed wood products. Without any easy way for these contaminants to exit a home, they’ll soon start to build up.

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Fresh Air and Energy Saving This Winter with an Energy Recovery Ventilator

Monday, November 21st, 2016

There’s a dilemma that homes face when it comes to receiving fresh air while staying warm during the winter. Modern homes are built to trap heat indoors and make them easier to keep comfortable. If cold drafts are getting into a home, it will be much harder to keep warm and the heater will have to run almost constantly.

But this heavy insulation on the house also means there’s little chance to vent out the stale, often contaminant-filled air and replace it with fresh air.

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