Balance Home Humidity ASAP With an ERV

by | Feb 21, 2019

Energy recovery ventilation units help balance your home's humidity levels

If you notice water droplets on your windows, your home humidity levels need help. Condensation occurs when the moisture in your indoor air comes into contact with the cold surface of your windows. As the air cools, it can’t “hold” as much humidity, so it releases condensation. The resulting water can cause wood rot in window sills and frames, and the damage can be even worse if it freezes—often splitting wood as it expands. Poor windows and inadequate ventilation are the primary culprits, along with excess humidity (which is common if you’re trying to combat dry, itchy winter skin with a room humidifier). Fortunately, there is a way to balance humidity to protect both you and your home—with an energy recovery ventilation (ERV) system from Gross Heating & Air Conditioning.

ERVs exchange the energy in stale air being removed from your home and use it to treat (precondition) the fresh outdoor air that’s drawn in. This means cold winter air is warmed and humidified as it’s brought into your home and hot summer air is pre-cooled and dehumidified. With an ERV, it is normal for the exhausted air to feel cooler than the ventilation air during the heating seasons. For this reason, ERVs are very efficient and effective at improving home comfort.

4 Reasons Why ERVs Are Worth Adding

If you’ve never had an ERV system, you probably don’t know what you’re missing in terms of cost savings and comfort. Here’s a quick list of benefits that will make you want to ask us about adding one at your home:

  1. Energy savings—by exchanging and reusing the energy you’ve already paid for to heat your home, you can bring in fresh air without wasting money.
  2. Improved air quality—proper ventilation allows you to breathe cleaner outdoor air, with fewer pollutants, germs, and strange odors.
  3. Balanced humidity—an ERV maintains a relative humidity of 40 to 50 percent, which is ideal for your health and protects your home from both excess moisture and mold as well as the cracking and damage caused by overly dry air.
  4. Reduced demands on your heating system—drawing energy from your already heated air supply means your furnace doesn’t have to work so hard and will likely last longer.

More Services, More Ways to Keep You Comfortable

Gross Heating is a top-rated HVAC company with a comprehensive list of comfort services. Whether you want to heat, cool, or clean the air in your home, we have the answers and experience to make your Brookfield-area home feel just-right all year long. Call us anytime—as an authorized Carrier® dealer, our systems—like our services—are second to none.

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