HRV Benefits: Cooler, Better Air in Your Hamel Area Home

Posted On: June 06, 2013

If the air in your Hamel area home has been stuffy, warm and uncomfortable despite your HVAC system, you may want to consider the benefits of an HRV, or heat recovery ventilator. The air quality and comfort levels in every home, new or existing, can benefit from HRV technology.

How HRVs work:

Typical homes with exhaust fans or without mechanical ventilation rely on air exchange through walls, roofs, crawlspaces, windows, or cracks and holes. This air is often contaminated with dust, contaminants and odors. HRVs, which use balanced ventilation, use one fan to blow out polluted air and one fan to blow in fresh air. HRVs also have a heat exchange function that allows heat to be transferred from incoming air to outgoing air (and vice versa for heating) in order to control temperatures and reduce heating and cooling needs. They even have filters to further improve air quality in your home, adjustable fan speeds, and the option of programmable controls.

HRV benefits:

  • Air quality. An HRV benefits indoor air by reducing airborne pollutants, especially in newer, more airtight homes. Carbon monoxide from combustion appliances and toxic fumes released from rugs, cabinets, furniture and other items in your home are replaced with fresh air with HRV use.
  • Efficiency. While running an HRV does require some energy costs, these systems can recover up to 85 percent of heat, more than making up for energy costs with efficiency.
  • Comfort. An HRV benefits your home by transferring heat from incoming to outgoing air keeping the inside cooler in the summer. An HRV can reduce both heating and cooling costs and is a good fit for climates with extreme summers or winters.
  • Control. An HRV controls where the supply of fresh air brought into your home is located rather than relying on air exchanges from possibly odorous sources such as garages and crawlspaces.

To learn more about HRV benefits in your Hamel or Edwardsville home, please contact us at Ernst Heating & Cooling. For over 50 years, we have been providing maintenance, service and installation for a variety of products designed to keep your home and family comfortable.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hamel, Alton, Glen Carbon, Highland, Greenville, and Troy, Illinois and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about HRVs and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. 

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