Your heat recovery ventilator serves to remove stale, polluted air from your home and replace it with fresh air from the outside. Thanks to the heat recovery feature, you enjoy fresh, clean air in your home without the high utility bills associated with leaky homes. Here are five operating tips to help you maximize the performance of your newly installed heat recovery ventilator.
- Use low-speed operation when appropriate: If your home is tightly sealed, you should plan to run your heat recovery ventilator on low year-round. This ensures that pollution is pulled out and replaced with fresh air continually.
- Consider intermittent exchange mode in some cases: You may choose to run your heat recovery ventilator intermittently with this function if pollution sources are low, if your home isn’t tightly sealed, or if you are away from home for days at a time.
- Use the high-speed setting when needed: There may be a sensor on your heat recovery ventilator that automatically switches it to a high-speed setting when the pollution concentration increases. This can occur if you are painting or cleaning with household chemicals. You can also choose to turn up the setting manually if the house is filled with people or seems odorous.
- Set the heat recovery ventilator to circulation mode when you need to: This circulates air around the home without exchanging it with outdoor air. If something outside prevents you from wanting to circulate the air into your home, this setting can be quite useful.
- Pay attention to the maintenance light: Your heat recovery ventilator has a filter that needs to be changed periodically. Many models alert you of this when the time comes. Sometimes, the maintenance light comes on if something more serious needs to be addressed as well. Call a technician if changing the filter doesn’t cause the maintenance light to turn back off.
For more information, please contact Powers Heating & Air in Peachtree City, Sharpsburg, Fayette and Coweta County today.
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