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How Do Energy Recovery Ventilators Help Your Home?

One of the biggest concerns in the summer here in Bridgeville, DE isn’t that your air conditioner won’t do the job. With proper maintenance and care, it should be ready to go. No, the issue is making sure that it doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg in monthly bills. An energy recovery ventilator, or ERV, should be able to nip those high bills in the bud. And with summer bearing down on us, now is the perfect time to get one installed in your home. Here’s a quick breakdown of how it all works.

The Basics

ERVs are designed to swap stale air out of your home and bring fresh air in, all without opening a door or a window. We usually keep our households buttoned up in summer to avoid the heat and humidity. That can lead to recirculating air stagnating as it cycles through your system, and germs brought in when you enter or exist the home easily passing from one family member to the next. ERVs solve that problem. They consist of two ducts connected by a heat exchange. One duct blows stale air outside, while the other one pulls fresh air in. The heat exchange ensures that your indoor temperature remains the same throughout.

Monthly Savings

In addition to keeping your household air fresh, an ERV helps ease the burden on your air conditioner (and on your heating system when used in the winter). In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, use of an ERV can cut your monthly heating and cooling bills down by as much as 40% in some cases. Considering how hot our summers get (and how cold our winters can be), that’s no small amount of money.

If energy recovery ventilators sound like a good fit for you, call the pros at Atlantic Refrigeration and Air Conditioning today!

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