Back in the 1970s, new houses were built and were promoted as being energy efficient. This trend has developed to the present. Now these houses are so energy efficient that some people report hundreds of dollars in annual fuel savings. Constructing an energy efficient home actually meant using better-designed windows and doors and sealing up the structure to stop the outside air from leaking in and the inside air from leaking out.
However, these energy efficient houses were becoming tighter and as a result, indoor air quality was being compromised. The tighter the house is, the worse the condition becomes. Combustion and ventilation air is not able to penetrate into the house and combustion devices are being deficient in air. There is no replacement air for the exhaust fans to blow out which causes the house to de-pressurize. De-pressurizing a house can lead to a new set of problems including carbon monoxide poisoning.
Symptoms of a house that is too tight include:
- Condensation on the windows
- Smoke escaping from the fireplace or wood stove
- Mold or mildew growing in corners or cupboards
- Residual smoking or cooking odors and a general stale smell, especially in the mornings
- High humidity level that cannot be corrected.
Thankfully, Lennox engineered an innovative solution that can improve your indoor environment. For maximum comfort, an Energy Recovery Ventilator system catches heat from contaminated air before it is transferred outdoors. In this article, we will talk about the Healthy Climate® Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV).
Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning is an HVAC company in Champaign, IL that offers you solutions to improve the air that flows throughout your home.
Energy recovery ventilation systems provide a controlled way of ventilating a home while minimizing energy loss. They reduce the costs of heating ventilated air in the winter by moving heat from the warm inside exhaust air to the fresh outside supply air. In the summer, the inside air cools the warmer supply air to reduce cooling costs.
When to Consider Getting a Ventilator System
A ventilator system can be useful if your home has any of these issues:
- Tight construction helps save energy, but it can also make your air watery and muggy.
- Attached garages can contain contaminants such as car fumes that can seep into your home.
- Spray-foam insulation helps keep your home warm, but it also means that indoor air is continually re-circulated.
Features of the Healthy Climate® Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV)
Designed to provide comfort in warmer, humid climates, the Healthy Climate® Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) helps keep your indoor air fresh without creating a possibly annoying situation.
If you live in a region with extreme weather, a Healthy Climate® Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) can help channel heat from inside your home and transfer it to incoming fresh air from outside. This allows your home to have greater comfort and helps control condensation during winter.
A Healthy Climate® Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) moves stale air from your house and keeping your indoor air comfortable at the same time. This process makes sure no energy is wasted.
Understand that there are some indoor air quality systems on the market that have negative effects on the environment. It’s good to know that Healthy Climate® ventilation systems freshen the air without producing ozone, a toxic gas that can irritate the lungs.
A Healthy Climate® Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) will not restrict airflow for proper filtration.
Lennox backs this model with a 5-year limited warranty on covered components and a limited lifetime warranty on the aluminum core.
Also, all units include a Healthy Climate® wall control.
How Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning Can Help
The Healthy Climate® Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) is a great piece of equipment that can help you and your family breathe clean, fresh air.
Bratcher Heating and Air Conditioning is a Dave Lennox Premier Dealer that is authorized to carry this innovative ventilation product. Call us for more information and we’ll help you make an informed decision.
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