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How Does an Energy Recovery Ventilator Help with Air Conditioning?

One of the great difficulties that homeowners encounter with contemporary houses is circulating fresh air through them without either losing heat to the outside (during cold weather) or letting heat inside (during warm weather). Because the modern house has such effective heating sealing on it to prevent energy loss, there is little opportunity for outside air to move through and remove the stale air.

This is where energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) come in handy. These appliances, which professionals can install into your ventilation system, allow outdoor air into the ductwork, where heat is transferred either from it or to it. This fresh air that enters the house will have a negative impact on the indoor air quality. If you are interested in an ERV for your heating and air conditioning system, call our indoor air quality specialists at At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today.

How an AC Benefits From an Energy Recovery Ventilator

Both your heating and air conditioning will need to work less thanks to an ERV, but in this post we will looks specifically at how it helps your AC.

During a hot day, outdoor heat will attempt to enter your house at any spot it can, which will make the indoors hotter and force you to use your air conditioner more. However, the heat sealing on your home (such as insulation) prevents most of this heat from entering. An ERV allows in some fresh, but hot, air to enter through an outdoor vent. Through a process called counter-flow heat exchange, the ERV runs the fresh, warm outdoor air past a current of stale indoor air. The incoming air loses its heat to the outgoing air, and so the outdoor air that enters into the rest of the ventilation system is much cooler.

Thanks to this process, your air conditioner will have less work to do because the ERV prevents extra heat from entering the home, and requires very little power to actually work: counter-flow heat exchange is a natural process that recovers energy from the outgoing air. You will receive an influx of fresh air that will make your home less stuffy and the air quality healthier, and your air conditioner will not need to overwork trying to compensate for additional outdoor heat.

ERVs need to have specialists to install them, otherwise they will not work correctly. If you want fresh air in your home and to save money, schedule air conditioning service in Salt Lake City, UT with our team at At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today.

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At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air provides excellent heating, air conditioning, plumbing, indoor air quality, water treatment and water heater services throughout the greater Salt Lake City, UT area, including the installation of new systems and components, and the replacement of the old, as well as ongoing repair and maintenance. Established in 1980, we have served the home comfort needs of our local community for over 30 years. Whether you need your stop and waste valve replaced or a new "green," energy–efficient HVAC system installed, we can make sure that the job is completed properly. Our HVAC contractors are NATE–certified and we employ Master and Journeyman plumbers. We are confident in our ability to satisfy any issue that may arise in your home, 24 hours a day. Give one of our friendly staff members a call today to learn more about what we can do for your home.

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During this very unusual time, we have put a plan in place to do our part to help keep our community safe. First and foremost, we are going to stay CALM, PATIENT, KIND, and POSITIVE!

There is much to consider regarding the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) and its possible transmission in your home. While there are various and effective indoor air quality measures available to help protect your safety, including duct sanitization, ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light treatment, and HEPA air filters, they alone cannot protect from all forms of COVID-19 transmission. It is important to follow all official guidelines for preventing the spread of this virus.

Because we have a direct impact on the indoor environment, here are practical steps we are going to take to keep people safe:

  • Wash our hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water
  • Cover our nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing
  • Wash our uniforms every day including cleaning our belts
  • Stay home if we are feeling sick
  • Offer a warm smile and friendly greeting instead of a handshake
  • Wear shoe covers and latex gloves in homes and businesses
  • Wipe down surfaces and equipment touched in a client’s home with disinfectant wipes
  • Wipe down door handles, steering wheels, gear shift lever every day
  • Wipe down pens, clipboards, tablets, cell phones, and anything else passes between techs and clients.
  • We have masks on each truck and will wear them at client’s discretion (Currently the CDC does not recommend that people wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19)
  • We are complying with all recommendations and guidelines from state agencies and will be proactive in our efforts to see that our team members and clients are protected.

As the situation unfolds, we will take each day one at a time and ensure we are being smart, supportive, and helping all those we can in our community.

Thank you for your continued support!