What is an Energy Recovery Ventilation System and Why Your Home Needs One

Bamboo Wood FloorinA healthy home is one that is properly ventilated. This ventilation not only provides your home and family fresh air, it also removes odors, pollutants and removes excess humidity that can wreak havoc on the structural components of the house. In fact moisture damage is one of the most overlooked problems in home ownership. As a general rule, it is always better to “air” on the side of a dryer home than a wetter home. For this reason, it’s important that every house has an Energy Recovery Ventilation System (ERV) installed properly.

What Exactly is an ERV System?

An ERV system is one that exchanges the air and can also heat, cool, humidify or dehumidify as necessary. This system not only makes sure your home is healthy but comfortable during all seasons and all weather conditions. It ensures the humidity in your home remains at an even 50% which, among other things, can alleviate the dreaded static electricity and unpleasant shocks during dryer, fall and winter months.

How Much do ERV Systems Cost?

Many homeowners wonder if installing and running an ERV system is affordable. Generally speaking the cost of using an ERV system in homes is about $15 a month. The system will use about 176 kWh of electricity per month to run the motor as well as operate the heat pump. It’s fair to say that most home owners will find this minimal added expense worth it in the long run.

On a final note much of the energy used worldwide is used in operating buildings. Much of this cost goes toward heating and cooling. Proper ventilation recovery is the most cost-efficient and sustainable way to reduce the energy consumption globally that allows for better indoor air quality and protects the structure itself.


Categories: Energy Efficiency, Green Living

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