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You Don’t Have To Choose Stale Air To Stay Warm

clean-fresh-warmIt is wintertime in Chicago and it goes without saying that there aren’t many people who would want to spend extended periods of time outdoors. The problem that you’ve been facing, though, is that you still feel uncomfortable indoors. While you certainly aren’t freezing, it feels like your skin is drying out and your lungs are craving fresh air that you could get if you just opened a window…which is obviously something that you can’t do when its freezing cold out there.

We know that the cost of fresh air during the winter in Chicago isn’t one that anybody can opt for. But what if we told you there was a way to enjoy fresh air into your home during winter without sacrificing all of your warmth?

Finding the balance between good indoor air quality in Chicago, IL and the comfort of a warm home can be hard to obtain during these chilly months. But it doesn’t have to be. With the help of systems such as Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs) and Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) you can enjoy the benefits of fresh warm air until the springtime thaw!

What is an HRV?

An HRV is a system that provides your fresh air that from outside that it has warmed. This means you get the fresh air you are craving without the downside of it chilling your home. An HRV system does this by exchanging the heat from the stale air within the home and infusing that warmth into the fresh air that it pulls in from outside the home. Voila! Fresh air that is already warm!

What is an ERV

An ERV is a system that is very similar to an HRV but for one big difference: an ERV also brings in humidity. Now you may be wondering why you would want to make your home humid again after a long summer full of muggy days. In answer, we would ask you how your skin feels after a long day in a heated and filtered home. You’d probably say your skin feels a little dry right? This is because there isn’t enough moisture in your home. An ERV can bring enough moisture into your home to make things comfortable and to help your heater function a little more efficiently too (Fun fact: moisture holds heat really well).

ServiceMax Offers a Breath of Fresh Air

If you are considering adding an HRV or an ERV to your home comfort system, it is best that you reach out to a professional to get the job done. Not only will they be able to asses your IAQ to determine which option is better for your needs, but they will also be able to get the system installed properly the first time around.

The trained and certified technicians at ServiceMax are the ones you can rely on to give you reliable information and provide the best services. Whether you need an installation or a repair for a pre-existing system, our team has you covered.

Contact ServiceMax to get the job done right.

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