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The Secret Behind Healthy Homes - Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) Explained

November 05, 20233 min read

Hey, it's TJ from Sanctified Homes. Let's unravel the mystery of Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) and their crucial role in maintaining a healthy indoor environment in our increasingly energy-efficient homes.

What Is an ERV and Why Does Your Home Need One?

An ERV is the unsung hero of modern home ventilation. It's a system that ensures your home breathes properly, bringing in fresh air and expelling stale air, all while conserving energy.

The Basics of ERVs

ERVs are the lungs of your home, balancing the need for energy efficiency with the equally important need for fresh air. They work by exchanging the energy contained in normally exhausted indoor air with incoming outdoor air, ensuring that the air inside your home is fresh without overworking your heating or cooling systems.

The Health and Energy Benefits

The primary benefit of an ERV is the constant supply of fresh air, which is vital for good health. But ERVs also save energy by pre-conditioning the incoming air, which can significantly reduce your utility bills.

The AI Stream Unit - Smart Technology for Your Home's Air

Innovation in ERV technology has led to the development of smart systems like the AI Stream Unit, which uses artificial intelligence to optimize your home's air quality without any input from you.

The Role of Artificial Intelligence in ERVs

Artificial intelligence in ERVs like the AI Stream Unit from Broan takes the guesswork out of air quality management. The system self-adjusts to changing conditions, ensuring optimal air quality with minimal energy use.

How AI Enhances ERVs

With AI, ERVs can now provide a hands-off approach to air quality. This means your home's ventilation system is more efficient, requires less maintenance, and provides better air quality than ever before.

The Importance of Fresh Air in Tight Homes

As homes become more energy-efficient, the need for effective ventilation systems like ERVs becomes more apparent. They are essential for maintaining good air quality in tightly sealed homes.

Building Codes and ERVs

Building codes are catching up with the need for ERVs in new construction. While not all states require them yet, the trend is moving towards mandatory ERV installation to ensure healthy indoor environments.

ERVs as a Standard for Healthy Living

Installing an ERV is about more than just meeting building codes; it's about committing to a higher standard of living. ERVs are a key component in creating a home that's not only energy-efficient but also a haven for health and comfort.


The secret to a healthy home lies in the air we breathe. ERVs are a critical component in ensuring that the air in our homes is fresh, clean, and healthy. With advancements like the AI Stream Unit, maintaining a healthy indoor environment has never been easier.

Engage With Us Further

Interested in learning more about ERVs and other healthy home technologies? Check out our Blessed to Build blog for more insights. If you're planning a new build, visit Sanctified Construction to see how we can integrate these systems into your project. Together, we can elevate the standard of living in our homes.

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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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