Heat Recovery Ventilators
Improving Indoor Air with a Heat Recovery Ventilator
Today’s air-tight homes provide excellent energy efficiency, however, they also trap stale, polluted air inside your home. Pollutants and allergens are always present in the air. Over time pollutants can cause health problems and contribute to the development of allergies and other illnesses. Various building codes in North America suggest that the complete replacement of interior air should occur once every three hours.
Recent studies indicate that the air quality in your home directly affects your health and it is vital to remove pollutants and humidity inside. Without proper ventilation, dust, airborne particles, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and other pollutants constantly recirculate throughout your home. The least efficient way of introducing fresh air into the home during the winter months would be to open a window. This will not change the air; instead, it allows pollutants (pollen, allergens, etc.) to enter. An HRV system pre filters the air particles that enter your home and then allows the outdoor air to pass through your home’s air filtration system.
A Heat Recovery Ventilator recovers heat from indoor air and transfers it to incoming, outdoor air without sacrificing energy efficiency. Fresh filtered warm air continuously replaces the stale air inside your home eliminating unpleasant odours from smoking, cooking, or bathroom. It will also maintain healthy humidity levels in your home by reducing moisture build up in the bathroom and kitchen and prevents harmful mould growth. The HRV is designed to draw fresh air into your home from outside. Stale, polluted air is pulled out of your home and expelled outside. As the two air streams cross through the core, heat is transferred from the stale outgoing air to the fresh incoming air. This helps prevent build-up of radon gas, carbon monoxide and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs). It also assists in reducing humidity levels during winter months. This prevents condensation from forming on windows and doors. The end result is fresh, clean air with minimal heat loss.
The biggest benefit of installing a HRV is cost savings through reduction of energy requirements for heating by re-using the heat that would normally be lost through uncontrolled ventilation. Contact Dynamic Climate Control for further information on which HRV model is right for you. Purchasing a Heat Recovery Ventilator would be a wise investment for your family’s health and well being.