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Energy Recovery Ventilators

Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV) in Mesa, AZ

It's a tough line to walk: balancing comfort, indoor air quality, and efficiency. Sometimes, it just seems like you cannot have it all. At North Wind Mechanical, though, we do believe that our clients should have it all. Not only that, but we actually have the products and the services that they need to achieve this goal. In this particular instance, the solution lies in the process of energy recovery.

By using an energy recovery ventilator from a trusted brand, such as Trane, in Mesa, AZ, you ensure that you are able to adequately ventilate your home in order to maintain great indoor air quality, without putting energy efficiency on the chopping block. We'll get into how this works in further detail below. What you must know first and foremost, though, is that an energy recovery ventilator, or ERV, absolutely must be installed and serviced by skilled, trained professionals. That is why ours is the number that you should dial to schedule service.

What is an Energy Recovery Ventilator?

An energy recovery ventilator is a mechanical ventilation system that is designed to recover the energy that you have paid for in order to heat or cool the outgoing air. Basically, an ERV acts as a heat transfer system, while also serving to balance humidity between incoming and outgoing airstreams. During the summer, as you continually run your air conditioner, the air in your home will become quite dry and stale. With an ERV, you can vent that air out of your home, without wasting the energy that you’ve paid for to cool that air. The incoming hot, but fresh, air is precooled, by the outgoing stale, cool air. Some of the humidity from the incoming air may be removed as well, if needed.

During the winter, the ERV will use the outgoing warm air in order to precool the incoming cold air. In doing so, you recover the energy that was used in order to heat that outgoing air in the first place. You certainly aren’t going to throw open your windows in order to ventilate your home when running your HVAC system, but an energy recovery ventilator allows you to enjoy the benefits of sufficient ventilation in spite of this.

What Are the Benefits of Energy Recovery?

Homes should allow for some level of natural ventilation. If you are not able to sufficiently ventilate your home, then there is just no way in which you will be able to live in the level of comfort that you deserve. That being said, you also don’t want to waste energy when heating or cooling your home, which is why you have probably sealed it up tightly against the elements, like most homeowners do. By using an ERV, you are able to maintain greater indoor air quality in your home, thanks to sufficient ventilation, while also enjoying outstanding energy efficiency, thanks to the energy recovery process. This allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds.

We Install and Service ERVs

The installation of an ERV system is something that only a professional technician can handle. We’ll integrate your ERV into your existing HVAC system successfully, so that you can count on it operating as efficiently and reliably as possible. We can also ensure that an ERV replacement is completed with the utmost care, if you have an older system that you’d like to replace with a newer model, such as that offered by a trusted brand like Trane. While having your energy recovery ventilator professionally installed will help to ensure its success, you must remember that no mechanical system is perfect. Scheduling routine ERV maintenance, as part of your general HVAC maintenance services, can keep your system reliable, but eventual repairs are likely going to be required. If low indoor air quality and high energy costs suggest that your ERV is failing to function properly, count on us for exceptional energy recovery ventilator repairs.