A Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) system is an option for homeowners wanting to change up their heating at home. It can also add to whatever is already being used if it’s been found to be overly costly on the quarterly heating bill too.
This article is all about why an MVHR system might be right for you.
How Do Traditional Heating Systems Work?
Warm air rises. This is a fundamental that we have to live with. We won’t bother you with the science behind it, but we mention it because it affects regular heating systems.
When heating our homes, the radiators or other heating units are usually placed at feet level upwards. This ensures the heat is radiated or pushed out across the room. This works fine for a spell, but as the warm air rises to the ceiling, the lower portion of the living space gets cooler. This creates a yo-yo effect where the temperature increases, then cools… then rises, then cools, etc.
Similarly, the heating system requires a thermostat to check the temperature using sensors, so that the heating can be turned on and off. This process maintains a set temperature range in the home. From an energy-efficiency standpoint that’s expensive, especially in winter when the bills spike upwards.
How Does an MVHR System Perform Better?
The MVHR system is designed to make your home more breathable and warmer at a lower operating cost than traditional heating systems.
A system incorporating Nuaire units installed by BPC Ventilation will collect warm air near the ceiling. The warmth is stripped from the retained air and the air is then expelled from the home. Cleaner air from outside is brought in. Both the new air and warmth are filtered for air particles and then mixed together before being distributed through ducting in the home.
Using the MVHR approach, a home is heated once, and the heat warms the home initially. Air is then collected, recycled, and used to reheat the home again and again. The MVHR units are more energy-efficient than regular heating systems, so homeowners save money every month compared to the usual cost of heating their home.
Is Air Quality Improved Too?
The home gets stuffier as the inside air picks up contaminants and pollutants from outside. Dust from the people living inside (dust is mostly comprised of dead skin cells) also gets created over time too. All of these air particles make the air stale to breathe after a while and often leads to breathing problems for people with allergies or asthma (particularly children with sensitive lungs).
By using air recycling for the whole house, the air is continually being replaced with filtered, fresher air from outdoors ensuring that the home feels and smells fresh all year round.
Homeowners can save money by getting an MVHR system installed. It’s perhaps best used in conjunction with an existing heating system to improve its functionality rather than used on its own. Take time to explore the possibilities for cleaner air quality and lower energy bills today.