Heat Recovery Ventilators and Duct Repair

The newer your home, the more tightly it’s sealed. That serves to keep conditioned air inside while preventing outdoor hot and cold air from entering.

Heat Recovery Ventilators and Duct Repair And yet the more tightly sealed your home is, the worse your ventilation. Without proper ventilation, your house will load up on airborne pollutants that, when combined, can become a nightmare for anyone with an upper respiratory ailment.

Open a window to let fresh air enter. Sure, that’s possible a few months out of the year. But it won’t help while you’re running your heating or cooling system.

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How a Heat Recovery Ventilator Works

Heat recovery ventilators (HRVs)
provide the best of both worlds. They help maintain energy-efficient indoor temperatures while allowing a steady supply of fresh air to enter your home. HRVs attach to your air ducts and intercept outdoor air as it enters and leaves your home.

Summer Months:
As fresh air enters, your HRV removes heat from the incoming air and transfers it outdoors. That way, the air you feel is much cooler than the air outside. It also means your AC system needn’t work as hard to maintain truly comfortable conditions.

Winter Months:
Now the process is reversed. Once colder weather comes our way, your HRV removes heat from the indoor air and transfers it to the cooler outdoor air coming inside. Once again, this enables you to enjoy a steady flow of fresh air while paying less to heat your home.

Duct Repair and Sealing

What’s worse than a leaky duct?

Well, if you’re interested in greater indoor comfort and reduced energy bills, the correct answer is “not much.”

If ducts are cracked or not properly sealed, the air is escaping. When air escapes, it’s heating or cooling parts of your home – plus the great outdoors – that aren’t doing you one bit of good.

How can you tell if your air ducts need sealing or repair? If you keep having to raise the thermostat to enjoy a high level of comfort, it’s worth having the problem investigated ducts included.

Leaking ducts pose health risks too. Even as they allow conditioned air to escape, they’re allowing dirt, dust, and other pollutants to enter them. Eventually, they’ll reach your living quarters. Now you see how duct sealing can positively impact air quality.

To learn more about how an HRV can help enhance your indoor comfort while facilitating reduced energy costs and improved ventilation, contact Bob Boldt HVAC. We’ll be happy to answer all your questions and provide you with a free new-system quote.

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