Improve Your Indoor Air With a Ventilator
At Resicon LLC, we are big fans of energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) and heat recovery ventilators (HRVs). Either can make a huge difference in your Washington home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) and comfort.
Opening windows to air out your Tacoma home costs you nothing. It is free ventilation. However, your energy bills will increase if you run your heating or cooling system with windows open. You also risk allowing outdoor contaminants and excess moisture into your home.
At the same time, you want to enjoy fresh indoor air inside your Tacoma home.
What is the solution?
Install a Ventilator
At Resicon LLC, our experts offer environmentally friendly heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) solutions that create healthy, comfortable living environments in the greater Tacoma area.
That’s why we recommend a ventilator for your home.
An ERV or HRV offers a convenient and effective air purification strategy for your Tacoma home.
Our air quality experts can recommend one that will suit your home and your budget.
Ventilators remove the stale air in your home while simultaneously drawing in the fresh outdoor air—without opening windows that can affect your home’s temperature and pull in allergens that might exacerbate allergies or asthma symptoms.
How do ventilators work? A heat exchanger in the ventilator enables the outgoing air to transfer heat to the incoming air. The reverse happens when it is hot outside. Conditioned air inside your home cools the warm outdoor air as it enters the ventilator heat exchanger.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), energy recovery ventilation systems can recover 70 to 80 percent of the energy from the exhaust air and deliver it to the incoming air.
Good ventilation and indoor air quality go hand in hand and are crucial for our well-insulated and tightly sealed homes.
Whole-House Or Decentralized?
Ventilators typically use ducts to convey the fresh incoming air into your living environment and carry stale air away to the outdoors. Fans help to blow the air through the heat exchanger and the ducts. Air filters screen pollutants, helping to purify the incoming air.
Our pros at Resicon can assist you with whole-house approach ventilation—or we can recommend a decentralized, ductless HRV. We are proud to install the Zehnder ComfoAir 70, which is especially effective in smaller spaces, such as a cottage, office space, or studio.
How Do HRVs And ERVs Differ?
They both bring outdoor air into your home and exhaust stale indoor air. They also both condition the incoming air by cooling or heating it. An ERV takes ventilation a step further than an HRV. It transfers moisture too.
During the winter, an ERV can add water vapor to the dry incoming air. During the summer, it can remove moisture from humid incoming air. It helps to produce a more balanced humidity level in your home.