Heat Recovery Ventilation
Reduce Energy Consumption & Live Cozier
Everybody loves fresh air, but opening a window in the middle of winter doesn't make much sense. In order to efficiently introduce fresh air into your home without letting out all of the air you paid to heat, you can use heat recovery ventilation systems. Basically, the fresh air enters your home and absorbs heat from the warm exhaust air leaving your home. Contact us to learn more about HRV's.
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Heat Recovery Ventilition systems started to get popular when newly constructed homes got tighter, started using spray foam insulation, and with attached garages becoming more popular. The real need for fresh air comes from an increase in indoor pollutants combined with a decrease in natural fresh air infiltration. Indoor air has become ten times more polluted than outdoor air.
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Emergency Furnace Repair
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Winters in Canada and the United States can be brutal, so if your furnace or heating system fails and you need it back up and running quickly, you can count on us to find you fast, efficient and cost-conscious contractors. Call Phyxter when you need a local service business most!
HRV and ERV Repair
Fast & Reliable
Heat Recovery and Energy Recovery Ventilation systems were developed in Canada in order to recapture as much heat as possible when introducing fresh air into a home during the winter months. Although they rarely break-down it is important for the health of your family to keep your system running. Our contractors are experienced and highly rated, so give us a call when you need your HRV or ERV repaired.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Ventilation is meant to exhaust polluted indoor air from your home. In older homes doing this would create a negative pressure inside your home and fresh air would naturally make its way into your home in order to equalize the pressure. In newer homes and building Heat recovery and Energy Recovery Ventilation systems are required because of the tightness caused by higher quality insulation and improved construction procedures.
Yes. Although, because of the installation challenges that come with older homes they generally require a forced-air system to integrate with. We recommend bringing in an experienced contractor to perform a whole home audit prior to making any decisions. Contact us if you would like to be connected to one of our approved specialists.
Whether the heat or energy that you want is inside your home or outside, these systems introduce the fresh air from outside to your home and exhaust the stale air outside. The heat and energy transfer happens naturally by flowing from high-temp to low-temp and from high-humidity to low-humidity. So, if the air outside is hotter and moister then you'll be introducing fresher, warmer, moister air to your home.
Yes. Although it can be challenging to determine the specific amount of reduction, the fact is that exhaust indoor air and exchanging it for fresh outdoor air will improve the air quality in your home. This can be extremely helpful for families with allergies or health conditions.
An ERV or an HRV can be used independently or in combination with a forced-air system. Generally, we recommend operating HRV and ERV systems independently because you will be exhausting air from bathrooms and kitchens while introducing fresh air to bedrooms and living areas.
Heat Recovery Ventilation transfer heat from the high-temperature air to low-temperature air, which is where the recovery comes from. Energy Recovery Ventilation transfer heat and moisture because of their enthalpy core, this makes ERV's a better choice for homes needing fresh air in both the summer and the winter. When deciding we usually recommend an HRV if your heating season is longer than your cooling, and an ERV if it's the opposite.
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