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Heat & Energy Recovery Ventilators in Dallas, TX
We know that as a homeowner, energy-efficiency is typically at the top of a homeowner’s list of desired outcomes. Unfortunately, sometimes high levels of energy-efficiency and indoor air quality are at odds. If you live in a tightly sealed and energy-efficient home, this is great for your bottom line, but often bad for your indoor air quality because the germs, contaminants, and bacteria that may make their way into your home have a hard time making their way out of a tightly-sealed space.
Here at our company, we install HRV systems and ERV systems for this very reason. In simple terms, HRVs and ERVs allow fresh air to enter your home without letting your conditioned air seep out, while stopping contaminants from entering your home. Heat and energy recovery ventilators allow you to get the best of both worlds. Contact our team today to learn more about our Dallas indoor air quality systems.
If you need an HRV or ERV system in Dallas, contact our team at Republic Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. We’ll inform you about everything you need to know and present you with the best options available.
The Battle Between Indoor Air Quality, Energy-Efficiency, And Ventilation
The ugly truth is that if you have high indoor air quality and high energy-efficiency, you probably have very low ventilation in your home and vice-versa. Think about it: you’ve probably been sitting in your highly air-conditioned home on a hot Dallas day and thought about how stale the air feels because all your windows and doors remain tightly shut for days. But you can’t open your windows or doors to let in fresh air without letting in the hot and balmy heat of summer.
It’s a real problem. That’s why HRV systems and ERV systems were created. These are whole home ventilation devices that provide a controlled method of ventilating a home while minimizing your energy loss. If this is a problem you struggle with, contact a professional from our team to learn about your options.
HRV and ERV 101: The Basics
HRV and ERV systems are typically a new concept to homeowners or a complete mystery so we’re here in outline the basics. HRV stands for "Heat Recovery Ventilator" and ERV stands for "Energy Recovery Ventilator." HRVs and ERVs recover around 70% to 80% of the energy in your existing air and deliver this energy into the incoming air. They take the strain off of your air conditioner or heater.
In simple terms, these systems "recover" the energy originally used to cool or heat the indoors and pass this energy on to the incoming air. An HRV or ERV pre-heats or pre-cools the air coming into the home so that it’s as close to the desired temperature as possible. This helps you enjoy higher indoor air quality and a comfortable home environment without increasing your energy bills.
What’s Right for Your Home?
Which system is right for you? When homeowners try to decide on their own, they’re often confused by the differences between a heat recovery ventilator and an energy recovery ventilator. Basically, the only real difference is that an energy recovery ventilator also transfers moisture, which means it also assists in humidity control. In general, HRVs are more effective in colder climates and homeowners here in Dallas are better suited with an ERV system.
The only way to know for certain what’s better for your home is to contact a professional from our team and have them assess your space. We always provide personalized service to your home at Republic Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. We’re committed to "Revolutionizing the Customer Experience."