Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV)

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Washington, DC Energy Recovery Ventilators by Magnolia Plumbing, Heating & Cooling

Is your new home so airtight that you don’t have enough ventilation? Or have you made your home so energy efficient that good ventilation has suffered as a result? There’s an excellent indoor air quality product that can help with this, our experts are the pros who can install and service it for you. The device is called an energy recovery ventilator, also known as an ERV, and this device not only helps provide your home with the ventilation it needs, it can also improve the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling system in Washington, DC.

Because an ERV becomes part of your HVAC system, it’s critical that trained specialists are used for installation, repair, maintenance and replacement. With over 50 years’ experience with HVAC systems and various types of upgrades, our experts are the pros you want to call for all of your ERV needs. Not only do our training, certifications and experience ensure you’ll get the expert service you deserve, our guarantee of work does, too. Throwing open a window to improve your home’s ventilation really isn’t a solution to your ventilation problems, but an ERV can be, so call us today!

Magnolia Plumbing, Heating & Cooling provides energy recovery ventilation services in Washington, DC and the surrounding areas.

How Does an ERV Work?

An energy recover ventilator does two things simultaneously, thanks to a heat exchanger at the core of the device: it expels your used, stale indoor air but takes the energy from this air and applies it to the incoming fresh air. The best way to demonstrate the effects is to look at the process per season. During the winter months, your ERV will expel your stale, warm indoor air while a fan pulls in fresh, dry, cold air from the outside. As the warm air is expelled, its heat energy and moisture are transferred to the incoming cold air, pre–warming it and humidifying it. In the summer, the opposite happens: the energy from your cool air is applied to the incoming warm, moist air, cooling it and dehumidifying it.

How Does an ERV Help My HVAC System?

The pre–treatment process is the key to helping your home HVAC system. First, the pre–treatment cools or warms the incoming air. Raising or lowering the temperature of the air before it enters your system means your HVAC will be working with air that is temperate rather than cold or hot. Second, the ERV helps balance the moisture of the air before it enters your system, taking even more work load off your heating and cooling system. The end result is that the pre–treated air reduces the amount of work your HVAC system has to do, enabling it to work more efficiently and effectively.

How Does an ERV Help Me?

It’s clear how an ERV can help your heating and cooling system, but you may be wondering how it helps you. Here are some of the additional benefits:

No matter the season, an ERV helps improve comfort by allowing your HVAC system to more easily achieve the set temperature thanks to the pre–treated air.

 You will have a continuous stream of fresh air in your home, which increases the quality of your indoor air.

 You won’t have to worry about feeling clammy in the summer or too chilly in the winter due to humidity imbalance inside your home.

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