Low indoor air quality has turned into a major health concern in the United States. Because contemporary buildings and homes are designed with energy-efficiency in mind, they have heavy heat sealing that prevents heat from escaping during cold weather and entering during hot weather. This sealing, however, makes it difficult for fresh air to circulate through the building, resulting in stale air that continuously cycles through the ventilation system, collecting dust, debris, and other contaminants.
In your home, you can open up doors and windows to help bring in fresh air. However, this also ruins the heat sealing, forcing your air conditioning and heating systems to work harder. (It’s also not practical to have open windows and doors during many days of the year.) There are a number of options available to overcome this dilemma, among them are energy recovery ventilators.
To find out more about the installation of energy recovery ventilators in Lexington, MA, call our indoor air quality specialists at Basnett Plumbing & Heating today.
How energy recovery ventilators work
Energy recover ventilators (ERVs) are a way to bring outdoor air into your home and transfer heat between the indoor and outdoor air. This way you remove the stale air from your house without losing or gaining heat.
The way an ERV achieves this is by drawing outdoor air though a vent into the ducts of your HVAC system. It then runs the fresh air past the stale air drawn from the home. Through a process called counter-flow heat exchange, the heat from one transfers to the other. During hot weather, the warm outdoor air loses its heat to the outgoing indoor air. During cold weather, the process reverses: the warm indoor air transfers its heat to the incoming cold outdoor air. Filters inside the ERV help to filter out any particles that might infiltrate from the outside.
So not only does an ERV bring in fresh outside air, it recovers energy and re-uses it, making your HVAC system more efficient. A well-installed ERV can recover 85% of the energy from outgoing air. You will end up with savings on your utility bills and increased comfort and health from improved air quality.
Professional ERV installation
For an energy recovery ventilator to work correctly, it needs to have installation from skilled professionals. It also needs the work of professionals to repair and maintain it so that it will continue to work properly for many years.
Our experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating will help you choose an ERV model to match your home and budget requirements. They will then handle the installation work that will ensure you’ll receive the highest energy efficiency and air quality possible. Contact us today.
When energy recovery ventilators in Lexington, MA sound like the solution to your issues with indoor air quality, contact the experts at Basnett Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.