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Heat and Energy Recovery Ventilators in Livingston, MT
One of the big dilemmas a house faces when it comes to better indoor air quality is the insulation and heat sealing. To keep out heat in the summer and to trap it in the winter, a modern home has heavy insulation. Good news for energy efficiency—bad news for air quality, because not much fresh air can circulate through the house. But how can you solve this without opening the house to cold or hot outdoor conditions?
It’s not too difficult a puzzle: you only have to call Cross Winds Heating and Cooling LLC and ask about our IAQ solutions. One of the best we offer is installing heat recovery and energy recovery ventilators. These air quality solutions allow fresh air in without interfering with HVAC energy efficiency. We offer free estimates and guarantee our work, so get in touch with one of our expert technicians today in Livingston, MT.
Schedule your HRV/ERV services with our team. Big enough to serve you, small enough to care.
How Heat and Energy Recovery Ventilators Work
The heat recovery ventilator (HRV) and energy recovery ventilator (ERV) are devices integrated into an HVAC system that draw in fresh air and pre–heat or pre–cool it using the energy already present in the house.
Let’s break that down. Take a cold winter day here in Montana. An ERV system draws cold, fresh air from the outside through a vent. At the same time, it draws in a current of stale warm air from the house, air warmed by the furnace or other home heating system.
The two currents pass through each other inside the ERV, where counterflow heat exchange occurs: the hot air loses heat energy to the cold air, raising its temperature. The stale air is exhausted to the outside, and the fresh air—which is now pre–heated—enters the home. The ERV recovered the energy used to heat the home originally and applied it to the incoming air.
The process works in reverse on hot days, where warm outdoor air loses its heat to the cooler indoor air. Either way, a house receives fresh air without additional energy wasted to heat or cool it.
Should I Install an HRV or ERV System?
The difference between an ERV and HRV system is that the first allows moisture to move between the two currents of air, providing some indoor humidity control. An HRV, on the other hand, tends to work better for extremely cold conditions. Deciding between the two is something to leave to an experienced professional. Our IAQ technicians can look over your home and HVAC system to find the ideal type of ventilator to meet your needs.
The Livingston, MT Indoor Air Quality Pros
Working with energy and heat recovery ventilators is only one of the services we offer for great indoor air quality and comfort in homes. We install and service air purifiers, air filters, and whole–house humidifiers. Whatever you need to solve the concerns of stale and dry air indoors, we offer it!
We believe in providing the best service possible—the service you receive from craftsmen. For a craftsman, it’s never enough to be "good enough." Each job must be something to take pride in. Call us in Livingston, MT for the quality you deserve.