Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘erv’

What Is Energy Recovery Ventilation

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

woman-blowing-nosePicture this–and it shouldn’t be too hard this time of the year: The temperature outside is soaring, and you have to run your air conditioner pretty much around the clock to stay comfortable. Okay, that’s fine. Your system is tuned up and ready to go. Of course, you also want to ensure that you are using your system efficiently while you live comfortably, so you double check to make sure that all of your windows are closed. This is the problem.

When you seal up your home in order to keep conditioned air inside, you are cutting off your supply of fresh air. Air conditioners dehumidify the air as they run, so sealing up your home to keep your AC bills down can really have a negative affect on your indoor air quality. Using an energy recovery ventilator in Timnath, CO can help you to avoid this issue.

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Use an ERV for Year Round Benefits

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

When you heat your home—or cool it, for that matter—you want to do so in the most efficient manner possible. Nobody wants to overpay for their comfort. That is why so many homes are constructed so tightly these days.

The problem is that, by sealing up your home extremely tightly, you can actually put your indoor air quality at risk. If your home does not have sufficient insulation, you may be able to cut down on unwanted heat transfer. Your air quality will likely fall as a result, however. An ERV helps you to enjoy both great efficiency and outstanding indoor air quality. 

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Why Should I Use an ERV This Summer Season?

Monday, June 13th, 2016

When you think of keeping your home comfortable and everyone within that space happy throughout the summer season, your mind probably instantly jumps to your air conditioning system. During the hottest time of the year, your air conditioner is going to put in a lot of work in order to keep your house cool, after all. However, you really cannot afford to overlook the importance of your indoor air quality during the summer months, either. Too often, homeowners sacrifice the indoor air quality in the name of efficient cooling. This need not be the case, however, so long as you use an energy recovery ventilator.

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What Is an ERV, And How Can One Benefit Me?

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Whether heating your home in the winter or cooling it down during the long, hot summer season, you want to be able to keep your living space comfortable in an effective, yet efficient, manner. You also must be able to maintain great indoor air quality in your home, though, and that can be difficult when your home is very tightly sealed in an effort to heat and cool it efficiently. If it sounds like a problem without a solution, you are clearly unfamiliar with the concept of the ERV. By using an energy recovery ventilator in Fort Collins, CO, you ensure that your indoor air quality is high, without your heating and cooling costs following suit.

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Why Use an Energy Recovery Ventilator?

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Many homeowners are surprised to learn that there are great devices and appliances that they can use to make their homes more efficient and comfortable, yet they’ve never even heard of them. While an energy recovery ventilator may not be quite as commonly mentioned as, say, a garbage disposal, it is nevertheless a device that can benefit many homeowners greatly. No, it won’t take the sting out of doing the dishes after dinner. By using an energy recovery ventilator in Loveland, CO, though, you can ensure that your home is efficiently and effectively heated and cooled, without putting your indoor air quality on the chopping block. Review the following information, and remember to schedule your IAQ and HVAC services with Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning.

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What Are the Benefits of Using an Energy Recovery Ventilator?

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Everyone wants and, we believe, deserves to be comfortable in their own homes. That being said, there are many factors which can influence someone’s heating and/or cooling habits. Worrying about how much it is going to cost to maintain a comfortable environment in your home, or about how you will ventilate your living space successfully without wasting energy, are not problems that you need to concern yourself with any longer. Simply use an energy recovery ventilator in Fort Collins, CO to ensure that you are striking the right balance between comfort, efficiency, and air quality. Contact Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning today for more details about how ERVs work. 

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Should I Use an ERV or an HRV in My Home?

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Among the greatest difficulties when heating and cooling one’s home is not only doing so effectively and efficiently, but doing so while also maintaining high levels of indoor air quality. Many modern homeowners seek to seal up their homes as tightly as possible in an effort to minimize any energy waste that may occur due to air leaks and other issues. The problem with this is that it negates the appropriate levels of natural ventilation which you need in order to keep the air in your home fresh.

By using an ERV or HRV in Fort Collins, CO, though, you can heat and cool your home efficiently while also allowing for sufficient ventilation, keeping the quality of the air in your home high. Here is some information to consider regarding such systems, courtesy of the IAQ experts here at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning. If you decide that an HRV or ERV is right for you, then just give us a call.

ERVs (energy recovery ventilators) and HRVs (heat recovery ventilators) are both mechanized ventilation systems, and both operate fairly similarly. In order to vent old, stale air out of the home without wasting the energy that you used in order to condition it, the ERV or HRV passes this air stream by the incoming air, which is not conditioned but is fresh from the outdoors. A transfer of thermal energy takes place, meaning that heat from the air inside is used to pre-warm cold incoming air during the winter months. In the summer, the cool air leaving your home pre-chills the hot, fresh air coming in. Energy recovery ventilators, though, unlike HRVs, allow the air streams to mix a bit, rather than just passing them very near one another.

This intermingling of the air streams allow for the balancing of humidity levels, in addition to the heat transfer that heat recovery ventilators also offer. By balancing humidity for optimal levels, energy recovery ventilators can help to prevent the unwanted fluctuation of humidity during the ventilation process. While some people may recommend that HRVs are best used in cold, dry climates, as humidity is not as much of an issue, the truth is that determining whether or not your home will best benefit from an HRV or ERV may vary on a case to case basis.

A number of factors, including air leaks in the home envelope, the number of square feet measured against the number of occupants, and even the personal habits of people in your home may impact the decision. By hiring and IAQ specialist, such as those at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning, you can know for certain that you are choosing the right system for your needs. If you are wondering if an energy recovery ventilator or a heat recovery ventilator is right for you, then just give us a call today.

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