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The Secrets Behind Healthy Homes - Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) Care

November 23, 20233 min read

Hello everyone, TJ here from Sanctified Homes and Construction with Travis from Broan. Today, I'm excited to share with you the secrets behind maintaining a healthy home environment, focusing on the Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV). An ERV is not just a component of your home; it's a crucial element that ensures the air you breathe is fresh and healthy. Let's dive into the world of ERVs and understand why they are essential for a healthy home.

What is an Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV)?

An ERV is essentially the lungs of your home. It plays a pivotal role in maintaining indoor air quality by exchanging stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air. This process not only ensures a constant supply of fresh air but also retains the temperature and humidity levels, making your home more energy-efficient.

Why is ERV Important?

In today's world, where we spend a significant amount of time indoors, the quality of indoor air is paramount for our health. An ERV system helps in reducing pollutants and allergens, providing a safer and more comfortable living environment. It's especially beneficial for individuals with allergies or respiratory issues.

Maintaining Your ERV

Regular maintenance of your ERV is crucial for its efficiency and longevity. Here’s how you can keep your ERV in top condition:

Filter Maintenance

  • Frequency: Inspect and clean the filters every three months.

  • Cleaning Method: Most ERV filters are washable. Gently rinse them under a tap, avoiding high-pressure water.

Recovery Core Care

  • Cleaning: Use a vacuum with a brush attachment to clean the recovery core. This part is crucial for efficient heat exchange.

  • Attention to Detail: Ensure that you don’t push the debris further into the core, as it can hinder the efficiency.

Interior Cleaning

  • Annual Maintenance: Once a year, give the interior of the ERV a thorough cleaning. Wipe down with a damp cloth to remove any dust or debris.

Benefits of a Well-Maintained ERV

A properly maintained ERV system offers several benefits:

  • Improved Air Quality: It significantly reduces indoor pollutants and allergens, ensuring healthier air.

  • Energy Efficiency: By recovering heat and moisture, it reduces the load on your heating and cooling systems, thereby saving energy.

  • Enhanced Comfort: It maintains a balanced indoor environment, making your home more comfortable.

When to Call the Professionals

While regular maintenance can be handled by most homeowners, there are times when you might need professional help:

  • Technical Issues: If you notice a decrease in efficiency or other technical problems, it’s time to call in the experts.

  • Annual Check-ups: A professional can ensure that your ERV is functioning optimally and address any potential issues.


A well-maintained ERV is a key component of a healthy, comfortable, and energy-efficient home. By ensuring regular care, you can enjoy the benefits of improved air quality and a more pleasant living environment. Remember, the health of your home directly impacts your well-being.

For more information on healthy home living and construction, check out our Blessed to Build blog and explore Sanctified Construction. Here's to a healthier, happier home!

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TJ Vitense

Founder of Sanctified Homes and Construction & the Blessed to Build Foundation, TJ believes in raising the industry standards. With his company Strategic Real Estate Experts, he helped hundreds of families buy and sell homes. And, now manages new home construction as one of Wisconsin's best home builders.

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