When the 21st Century dawned, there was a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for the technological advances that the new millennium would bring. Though a lot of focus at the time was towards the imminent advances in mobile phone technology and the development of the World Wide Web, many more advancements were to come.
In the last fifty years of the twentieth century, there was a lot of speculation on the transport of the future, with people predicting flying cars and personal jetpacks to dominate the early 21st Century, yet some of the biggest advancements in tech have been in the home.
There have been huge investments made by industry to develop energy-efficient products for the home, particularly when it comes to home heating and power generation. In just the last few years one of the biggest advancements has been home heat recovery systems, often called Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery (MVHR) systems, which are a much smarter, more economical, and more environmentally conscious approach to home heating.
These types of systems are becoming the increasingly popular choice for housing developers and home renovators alike, as the efficiencies and saving they offer make them a sound financial investment.
How is a Heat Recovery System Different from a Traditional Home Heating System?
Most homes traditionally use natural gas or electricity to heat hot water in a ‘boiler’ and then pump the heated water to radiators situated around the home. The heat from these then radiates through the spaces in the home to provide warmth. Though this is effective, it is incredibly inefficient.
A Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery system uses a central ventilation unit, usually situated in the roof space of the building, to draw in fresh air from the outside and then filter and heat it. The system uses ducts to pump and distribute the heated air around the home, and to remove stale air to expel outside. The truly clever bit is that it uses a heat exchanger to transfer heat from the stale air to the fresh air it is replacing it with, making it very energy efficient.
The incoming fresh air and outgoing stale air never mix, the heat exchanger only transfers the heat from the air and not the air itself. This helps keep the warm air in your home free from dust particles, pollen, odors and contaminants as all your air is fresh and filtered.
What Benefits Do You Get from Using a Home Heat Recovery System?
The biggest benefit that comes from using an MVHR to heat your home is the money you save. Burning natural gas or using electricity to heat large volumes of water is terribly energy inefficient, and home heating bills are often a household’s biggest regular expense, especially in winter.
Home heat recovery systems are a great way to save yourself money, every month of every year. A well designed and installed heat recovery system can retain up to 95% of the heat in the home, slashing home heating bills while also giving a home fresh and filtered air. The constantly circulating air in the home can also reduce the need for extraction fans in bathrooms and kitchens.
The filtration of the air means it is free of harmful particulates and contaminants that can trigger asthma attacks and affect people with respiratory problems.
Is Installing a Home Heat Recovery System Complicated or Time-Consuming?
Installing a heat recovery system is easier and quicker than you might think, and is often a lot less disruptive than installing a traditional water boiling system, with the added benefit that you don’t need to take up wall space in your rooms with radiators.
Though the latest 21st Century technology has brought home heat recovery systems to the fore, there are many companies that have years of experience in designing and installing these systems in homes and businesses across Europe. BPC has earned a reputation as conscientious and professional home heat recovery consultants that have the experience and craftsmanship needed to design Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery systems to suit any sized business or home.
Can I Augment an MVHR System with Other Technology?
Heating a home is one of the biggest bills a household will pay. By using a Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery system, you can drastically reduce gas bills, but you will still use some electricity to power the heating pumps and elements.
By augmenting an MVHR system with a solar panel and home battery system, you can make further huge reductions on your household or business’ energy bills. The solar energy generated even on a dull day will often be enough to power a heat recovery system, and also provide some power to contribute to home lighting expenses.
People who have made investments in home heat recovery systems and home solar power generation and storage have seen massive reductions to their energy costs, with their homes sometimes being completely energy self-sufficient on some days. Savings like these help home heat recovery and home solar power systems pay for themselves over time.
How Else Can You Help a Home Heat Recovery System Save You Money?
Many homeowners see the potential savings that a home heat recovery system offers and consider how they could make such a system work more effectively in their home.
Advances in technology have found their way into home insulation and energy-efficient windows, helping your home retain more heat and require less work from heat pumps and heat exchangers. The latest production techniques give homeowners the option of installing highly efficient windows along with their MVHR system.
Paired with the latest home insulation for roof spaces and cavity walls, that is often made from recycled materials, it is possible to make a twenty-first century home more energy efficient than many thought possible at the turn of the new millennium.
Every year, more homes and businesses are making the switch to more energy-efficient and environmentally conscious forms of heating and power generations. Technology like a Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery systems not only save the environment but also save their owner a tremendous amount of money over the product’s lifetime.