Have you ever noticed that it gets a little stuffy in your home during the winter with the heat on all the time? Keeping your energy bills down, while also maintaining a warm and toasty home, free of pollutants and full of fresh air is a tough job – and it can’t be done with your normal heating and air conditioning unit. But, with the help of a HRV, or a heat recovery ventilator, you can have clean, fresh and warm air in your home without seeing a sharp increase in your energy bill.
HRVs are essentially air-replacement systems that work by pumping the dusty, sometimes moldy and generally not fresh air out of your home, bringing in clean air from outside. During the colder months, though, that not-so-fresh air that’s inside your home and being pumped out of your home by your HRV has already been heated and you’ve already paid for it. The clean, fresh air that the HRV is pumping into your home is cold. So, do you have to pay to heat more cold air? Nope!
The HRV system works by taking the heat from of the air that was inside your home – already warmed and toasty – and mixing it with the cooler air from outside. The system then pumps that air back into your home, leaving you at the end of the process with warmed, fresh air that’s free of dust, mold and any other pollutants or allergens that may have been sealed up inside your home.
Heat recovery ventilators are great for families with sensitive allergies, who may suffer during the winter months – especially when everyone is cooped up inside with lots of allergens clogging up the air. They are also great for homeowners with pets, since the stuffy air inside your home may not smell as fresh and clean as you’d like.
HRVs are easily installed, and they’ll do wonders to improve your home’s air quality. Just as with any other home system, though, it’s important to keep your HRVs clean so that it’s running at peak efficiency. For more information or to schedule a cleaning, contact us today.