Is It Worth Having a Home Heat Recovery System?

In today’s world, we are always looking for ways to save money while protecting the environment. We are more conscious about the decisions we make – how will this affect my family, home, budget and the environment?

So when methods pop up to improve the efficiency of the way old systems worked, all while potentially saving you money, we become quite curious.

In comes the home heat recovery system. The machines are changing the way we heat and ventilate our homes. But what are they and how do they work?

Let’s take a closer look at this system and see if it is worth installing one in your home.

What Is It?

A home heat recovery system, like the ones from BPC Ventilation, are used to ventilate your home, all while efficiently heating it. These small devices keep your home warm in the winter, cool in the summer and all while maintaining ideal humidity levels.

How Does it Work?

The system is set up with two ventilation ducts. One controls the incoming fresh air while the other one controls the outgoing stale air. But what is unique about them, the system has what is called a heat exchanger that transfers the heat between the two ducts. This all happens without actually mixing the air – the two air streams say separated through the whole process.

The extractor ducts usually are in the areas of the house with the most humidity levels. Most likely that is your kitchen and the bathroom. The dispenser ducts go to the more dry areas of the home like the bedroom, living room and dining room.

The system sucks up the stuffy, stale, moist air that lingers in the home. As it passes through the heat exchanger, the warmth from the outgoing air transfer over to the incoming fresh air. By the time the fresh air reaches the designated rooms, it is warmed up from the recycled heat. There is a way to bypass the heat exchange for the summer months, so the incoming fresh air stays cool.

Why Is This Beneficial?

There are a couple of reasons why a home heat recovery system is beneficial for your home. The first is the constant circulation of air. When the air inside the house stays put, it becomes stale. Not only that, but it also collects any pollutants in your home (animal hair, dandruff, dust and odors) that could trigger allergic reactions. So by replacing the inside air with fresh air, you are continuously cleaning up the home.

The system also keeps your humidity levels in check. When there is too much moisture in the air, things become damp. When something is wet for too long, there is a good chance mold will grow. Having mold in the house is not suitable for anyone’s health. So the by ventilating out the moist air and replacing it with fresh air, you will be able to keep the humidity at an ideal level.

Lastly, the system is an efficient way to heat your home. Since the heat exchanger is recycling the warmth of the old air before expelling it out of the house, it can significantly reduce your heating bills.

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