What is HRV and ERV?
Both units are Mechanical Ventilators designed to removed stale air from the home, while bringing an equal amount of fresh air back inside. Today's energy efficient homes trap stale air indoors, causing poor air quality and potential health problems for you and your family. While Platinum Air Care offers the best filtration products to clean the air, clean air can still become stale air. By getting an HRV/ERV system, you can rejuvenate your home with fresh outdoor air, drawing in fresh oxygen-laden air from outside and distribute it throughout the whole house. Stale, and/or polluted air gets constantly replaced by an equal amount of fresh air~ while retaining energy so the homeowner does not lose on utility costs.
Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV)
Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) is the most common choice when installing an Recovery Ventilator. A key difference between HRV and ERV is that the HRV is most used in colder weather as it's specifically designed to retain heat inside the home while exchanging air. In the summer the HRV can also work somewhat as a dehumidifier~ removing any extra humidity that you may find entering your home.
Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV)
Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) seems to be the less common choice as of 2017. The ERV recovers heat like an HRV, but it also helps retain humidity. The ERV helps contains humidity inside your home in the winter, and in the summer helps prevent extra humidity from entering inside your home.
Which Recovery Ventilation Device Is Right For Me?
The Platinum ERV System
Based on feedback from our customers and manufacturing partner; the best choice in most cases is the Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) System. The Platinum ERV System is designed with all seasons in mind, but also capable of transforming into an HRV system without replacing the entire unit; for more information contact Platinum Air Care if changing your ERV to an HRV is right for you.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Ontario Building Code - 2017
As of January 2017, Ontario made having an HRV or ERV a requirement in every newly built home ~ Click here to see the document.
Why Did Ontario Do This?
Our modern homes are built with efficiency standards in mind, tightly sealed homes that retain your heating and cooling better than years before~ however this means that the homes are also more air tight than ever before. Air tight homes are a significant reason why the EPA rates the indoor air to be more polluted inside than outside and why people notice a significant difference in air quality after using our products.
I Have An Older Home, Do I Still Need This?
Most older homes have had multiple renovations over the years; such as finishing a basement, getting a new roof, replacing your old windows. All of these things can make your home more air tight, which is why Platinum Air Care recommends an ERV system to be installed.