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As a homeowner struggling to keep energy bills low, you should know about energy recovery ventilators, or ERVS, and heat recovery ventilators, known as HRVs. Heating and cooling equipment accounts for the lion's share of your household's fuel consumption. By incorporating either of these relatively new innovations, you can save money and conserve energy too.

ERVs and HRVs offer an even more important advantage to your family: They keep indoor air cleaner and fresher than homes without these devices. This is especially critical if your house is designed to be airtight since better insulation and weather stripping not only prevents your cooled or heated air from escaping but also traps air pollutants inside your home. Ask your Cherry Hill heating cooling specialist about which unit is right for you.

The trapped particulates that pollute your indoor environment include mold spores, tobacco smoke, pet dander, dust and other allergens. ERVs and HRVs utilize fans that expel stale indoor air while drawing in fresh outdoor air. These devices do more than simply ventilate your home, however. They also heat or cool the influx of fresh air, conserving more than 60 percent of your home's ambient temperature.

Both HRV and ERV units consist of a heat exchanger, fans and system controls. Deciding which type of recovery device works best in your home is a largely a matter of climate. Typically, residences located in warmer and more humid regions are equipped with energy recovery ventilators, which use water vapor as part of their air exchange systems. HRVs are more common in colder climates.

If you are building a new home, having your HVAC contractor incorporate an ERV or HRV system with dedicated ductwork is a wise decision.

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The system should be designed to exhaust stale air from concentrated areas like your bathrooms and kitchen. An influx of fresh, heated or cooled air into your bedrooms and living areas keeps your indoor environment fresh and healthy.

However, your HVAC specialist can retrofit your existing home with one of these systems as well. By using your existing forced-air ducts, the HRV or ERV can work effectively.

Buildings optimized for super energy efficiency may utilize "magic box" HVAC technology that incorporates an ERV with heating and cooling equipment in a single unit. This is especially effective in buildings where the air temperature varies little. Because magic boxes are often more expensive than purchasing separate pieces of equipment, they make the most sense where floor space is at a premium.

National standards for green building in the U.S. specify the need for air exchange provisions in tightly built, energy-efficient homes. The federal Energy Star new construction certification program has similar requirements. An HRV or ERV system meets the Energy Star stipulation that new homes have air quality enhancement equipment for reducing pollen, dust and excessive humidity in the indoor environment.

While ERVs and HRVs are still relatively new concepts in the U.S., they can provide homeowners with several benefits and are likely to catch on in the coming years as awareness of energy efficiency and air quality issues grows. Ask your HVAC professional about installing such a system in your new home or retrofitting your existing household with an ERV or HRV unit.

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