Thinking About an ERV? These Options Offer Better Comfort.

Thinking About an ERV? These Options Offer Better Comfort.

In Atlanta-area homes, reducing indoor humidity is tough:

  • Air leaks throughout your home let humid air inside.
  • Most air conditioners don’t remove enough moisture from the air.

For these reasons, many homeowners install an ERV. But an ERV usually doesn’t help! It can even make the problem worse.

If you’re thinking about using an ERV, contact PV today to schedule an appointment! We’ll discuss your comfort goals and analyze your home to determine whether an ERV makes sense.

If it isn’t the best solution, we’ll tell you.

When an ERV makes sense

An ERV is great for ventilation when you don’t have a humidity problem.

It exchanges healthy, fresh air from the outdoors with stale, “used” air inside your home. It also filters the outdoor air and removes moisture in the process.

But it usually doesn’t remove enough moisture to help you stay comfortable.

3 effective ways to reduce humidity

If you’re suffering from high indoor humidity, here three ways to reduce it:

  1. Seal air leaks: A leaky home lets in lots of humidity. The solution? Seal up the leaks! This step alone solves many humidity problems.
  2. Whole-house dehumidifier with fresh air: A ventilating dehumidifier that brings in fresh, outdoor air is an effective alternative to an ERV.
  3. Variable speed air conditioning: Newer air conditioners reduce humidity more effectively than yesterday’s equipment. If it’s time to upgrade your system, consider variable speed options for better humidity control.

Your home is unique and will require a unique solution. You might not need new equipment at all – and you almost definitely won’t need an ERV.

Contact PV today to schedule an appointment and discuss your humidity problem!