Do I need an HRV or an ERV?
The answer to this question depends on many factors such as geographic location, tightness of building construction, ventilation rate, size of building, occupancy and activities in the building.
Three basic facts are:
- an HRV or an ERV is not a humidifier in the heating seasons
- an HRV or an ERV is not a dehumidifier in the cooling seasons
- in the summer, houses without air conditioning will not benefit from an ERV dehumidifying the hot humid outdoor air
vanEE Heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) are ideal for colder climates, like most of Canada, where homes need to be heated the majority of the year.
vanEE HRV heat exchangers (cores) are made of polypropylene and have a lifetime warranty when in residential products. The advantage of polypropylene cores compared to other materials such as aluminum is that it has less weight thus is easier to handle, has a smoother surface that improves heat transfer efficiency and doesn’t collect dirt as fast as other materials. It also has thinner walls so that the heat passing from one airstream to the other has less distance to travel, again improving heat transfer efficiency.
During the heating seasons, heat is transferred from the warm indoor exhaust air into the cold outdoor supply air. This means you will save on your home heating costs compared to any other form of ventilation. You will experience improved home comfort without unpleasant drafts.
Winter HRV ventilating will normally reduce the indoor humidity level. The colder the outdoor air the lower the indoor humidity level will be. To lessen the dehumidification effect, some HRVs can be run on a lower speed or run intermittently.
During cooling seasons in houses with air conditioning, the cool indoor exhaust air takes heat out of the hot outdoor supply air. This means you may save on your home air conditioning costs compared to any other form of ventilation.
vanEE Energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) work in all climates, especially those locations with hot, humid summers, where air conditioning is used for the majority of the year.
vanEE ERV heat exchangers (cores) are made of enthalpic or polymerized paper and have a 5 year warranty when in residential products. The advantage of enthalpic or polymerized paper cores over other ERV systems such as energy recovery wheels is that there are no moving parts to break down or service and no added energy required to drive the wheel motor.
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Article Source: VanEE website