ERV vs. HRV: Which Ventilator Do You Need for Your Metairie, LA Home?
If the air in your Metairie, Louisiana, home never feels fresh, a whole-house ventilator can help. However, you can’t pick just any type of ventilator. Find out how energy and heat recovery ventilators work, and learn which is right for your home.
How HVAC Ventilation Works
Every home needs adequate ventilation to ensure that stale air continually moves out while fresh air moves in. Opening windows or turning on fans can help with ventilation, but they can compromise temperature control and force your HVAC system to work harder.
At Bryans United Air Conditioning, we typically recommend attic ventilation systems that work with your HVAC system instead of against it. Both energy recovery ventilators (ERV) and heat recovery ventilators (HRV) continually exchange the air in your home, ensuring that airborne contaminants don’t linger indoors.
As these systems push stale air outside, they simultaneously capture some of the thermal energy from the outgoing air. These innovative devices use the energy to precondition the incoming air, warming it in the winter or cooling it in the summer. As a result, your heat pump, air conditioner or furnace won’t have to work exceedingly hard to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
Benefits of Energy Recovery Ventilators
The biggest benefit of an ERV is that it transfers both energy and moisture from the outgoing airstream to the incoming airstream. Whether you need to add moisture to the air during a dry winter or want to dehumidify the air during a hot, sticky summer, an ERV is always one step ahead with humidity management. That means an ERV can improve HVAC efficiency while keeping you comfortable.
Benefits of Heat Recovery Ventilators
The biggest benefit of an HRV is that it transfers heat without transferring moisture. As such, an HRV is ideal in areas with chilly winters and more moderate summers without substantial humidity issues.
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