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How Do Energy Recovery Ventilators Work?

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at 10:12 am

During our Florida summers, you can count on three things: high temperatures, high humidity and the running of your air conditioner. While we can’t change the outside temperature or humidity, there is a great tool (other than your air conditioner) to help with the inside temperature, humidity and energy efficiency: energy recovery ventilators.

Used for some time in commercial buildings, energy recovery ventilators have helped with all of the above, and have other benefits they can provide. Is an energy recovery ventilator right for your Rockledge property? The best way to know is to work with a professional from Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc., who understands the benefits of installing one.

What is an Energy Recovery Ventilator?

An energy recovery ventilator (ERV) facilitates the transfer of heat and moisture between the incoming fresh air and outgoing stale air. The core of the ventilator separates the exhaust air from the fresh air, then transfers the temperature (heat energy) and humidity of the outgoing air to the incoming air. So, during winter, the fresh, incoming air is pre-heated and humidified, and in summer, the fresh, incoming air is pre-cooled and dehumidified. The result is an incoming stream of fresh, energy-efficient air and the expulsion of pollutants and stale air.

What Are the Benefits of an ERV?

There a several benefits to adding an ERV to your air conditioning system:

  • Continuous clean air – with constant, fresh air being streamed into your air conditioner’s system, an ERV ensures that the air coming into your home is both fresh and efficient
  • Better indoor moisture control – the ERV removes humidity from the incoming air during the summer and adds it to the dry air coming in during winter; this allows for better control over humidity levels year-round
  • Better energy efficiency – with the ERV’s ability to either warm or cool the air (depending on the season), your air conditioner will use less energy to cool, creating better energy efficiency. This is the same for the moisture control aspect of the ERV.

Questions About Energy Recovery Ventilators? Call an Expert

An energy recovery ventilator can be a great addition to your air conditioning system in Rockledge, but it is not an installation job for someone without training.

To find out if an ERV is a good fit for your air conditioner, call Next Generation Air & Heat today and schedule a consultation with one of our experts.

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