Most new homes have more insulation than older houses. As a result, they’re more energy-efficient. Unfortunately, insulation can also trap contaminants such as dust, pet dander, dirt, smoke particles and pollen inside your Arlington, Virginia, home. With an energy recovery ventilator, you can improve your indoor air quality, save energy and increase your HVAC system’s lifespan. Read on to learn more about these benefits.
Better Indoor Air Quality
Energy recovery ventilators send fresh air through a filter before bringing it into your home. That way, you can protect yourself and your family members from myriad particle pollutants. These systems also remove excess humidity and volatile organic compounds along with stale air.
Too much moisture from cooking, showering or other activities can lead to biological growth, unpleasant smells, or asthma or allergy symptoms. VOCs are substances that evaporate at low temperatures, and they include formaldehyde, benzene and many other potentially harmful compounds. Keeping your indoor air quality high will also help you prevent sore throats, eye irritation and many other health problems.
Energy recovery ventilators can transfer heat from stale outgoing air to incoming air in winter. They work a lot like heat pumps, and they move heat away from fresh air in summer. This lets you get rid of contaminants without wasting power by opening a door or window. That way, you can lower your utility bills while keeping your indoor air quality a healthy in healthy range.
A Longer Lifespan for Your HVAC System
Installing an ERV can help your heater keep your home warm, reducing wear. Fewer contaminants also make inconvenient breakdowns less likely and lower maintenance and repair costs. That way, your HVAC system can continue running at high efficiency for as long as possible.
Brennan’s Heating & Air Conditioning is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer with decades of HVAC experience. We can help you decide on the best energy recovery ventilator for your home. Call our team at 703-763-0399 to talk about what we can do for your HVAC system.
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