We’ve had a heck of winter this year, and you may be wondering how to best ventilate your home during hard winters without compromising your energy efficiency. A great tool that has helped many customers is the heat recovery ventilator. This device works with your existing heating system to allow pre-treated, fresh air into your home while boosting your energy efficiency. You may be asking, how does that work? We’ll explain more below about how a heat recovery ventilator can benefit your Newton, MA home.
What Is It?
A heat recover ventilator, also known as a HRV, is a specialized ventilation system that uses the thermal energy from your outgoing, stale, warm air to pre-treat the incoming fresh, cool air.
How Does It Work?
A HRV is small device that seamlessly integrates with your heating system. At the core of the device is a heat exchanger. As the warm, used air from your indoors is expelled to the outside, a small fan pulls fresh air from the outside into the core of the heat recovery ventilator. In the heat exchanger, the thermal heat from the indoor air is applied the incoming fresh air, adding warmth and humidity to it; this pre-treated air then passes into your heating system and becomes part of the air in your heating cycle.
What Are the Benefits of a Heat Recover Ventilator?
There are a number of benefits to a heat recovery ventilator worth considering:
- Improves indoor air quality – a HRV provides a continuous stream of fresh air for your home, which greatly improves ventilation and your overall indoor air quality.
- Improves energy efficiency – the pre-treated air that enters your heating system from the heat recovery ventilator is already warmed; this means your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard to heat your home and as a result, uses less energy.
- Takes stress off your heating system – when your heating system doesn’t have to generate as much heat, it doesn’t have to work as hard. This helps reduce premature aging and wear and tear levels.
If you are interested in what a heat recovery ventilator installation can do for your Newton, MA, home, call Basnett Plumbing & Heating and schedule an appointment.