When you pay to heat and cool your home, you want to know that you are getting the most bang for your buck. The issue is that certain measures taken to protect efficiency, including tight air sealing, can lead to indoor air quality issues. You don’t want to waste energy, but today’s homes are so tightly sealed that they can sometimes prevent the ventilation necessary to maintain great indoor air quality.
The comfort specialists at MBS Mechanical, Inc don’t think that you should be forced to choose between indoor air quality and energy efficiency. But what can be done? For starters, you could give us a call to enquire about available HRV and ERV systems in Columbia, MD. By using a heat recovery or energy recovery ventilator, you can breathe better air without wasting the money you’ve spent to create a comfortable environment in your home.
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Heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) and energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) are mechanical ventilation systems designed to protect energy efficiency. They accomplish this goal via heat recovery or energy recovery, depending upon the system. It sounds complex, but it’s actually quite simple. The two types of systems also operate nearly identically. Both HRV systems and ERV systems exchange heat between incoming and outgoing air streams.
It works this way all year long. In the summer, the systems vent the cool, but stale and often dry, air outdoors. This airstream warms the incoming fresh, but hot, air. In the winter, the outgoing air is used to pre–warm the incoming cold, fresh air. The only difference between the two is that ERVs mix the airstreams just enough to balance humidity, too.
Typically, an HRV would be used in homes with high humidity in the winter, and ERVs in those homes with low humidity levels in the winter. However, ERVs are also common in areas that are hot and humid in the summer. Evaluating your home and factors such as insulation properties and air tightness will help our technicians determine which system is best suited to your needs.
If you’ve previously had an HRV system or ERV system installed, and it seems as though it’s not doing its job properly, let us know. It’s possible the system was installed by an unqualified technician, and our comfort specialists can replace it with a more appropriate one. If your system has broken down completely, we’ll have it replaced swiftly and successfully.
While your HRV or ERV is not as complex a device as your HVAC system, it definitely benefits from routine maintenance the same way that any mechanical system will. Schedule your HVAC maintenance with our service professionals and we’ll make sure that your energy recovery or heat recovery ventilator is carefully inspected in the process.
If we do find problems, then we can also handle any ERV or HRV repairs you may need. These devices tend to be reliable, but they may need some basic repairs even if they are still operational—such as if they’re making loud operating sounds. Whatever the problem is, count on us for accurate diagnoses and top notch repairs.