What Is A Heat Recovery Ventilator and Do I Need One?



Heat recovery ventilators are something many people seem not to know about, but they are up and coming quickly. Read on to find out exactly what they are and whether they’re worth the investment.

What Is A Heat Recovery Ventilator?

A heat recovery ventilator does two things. Firstly, it works by extracting any moist or stale air from your home, keeping the air in your home fresher and lighter. They also recover heat that hasn’t been used from the air they extract, meaning you can maximise your energy usage and be more efficient. Once it has taken in the dirty air from a room, it releases this air into the outside atmosphere and replaces it with air that’s filtered in from the outside. It heats the filtered air with the recovered warmth from any waste heat it takes in.

How Do They Work?

Usually, a heat recovery ventilator is kept in your attic or roof space, meaning it’s out of the way and out of plain sight. There are two pipes; one for extracting any stale air, and passing it outside, and one for bringing in fresh air from the outside. These pipes never cross, so there will never be any cross-contamination of the fresh air with the stale air, meaning you’re sure to keep your home clean. The heat recovery system is connected to the room air valves, which is through a network of ducting throughout your home. It works independently of your normal heating system, as it’s a ventilation system. The ventilation valves supply air in and out of each room.

What Makes A Heat Recovery Ventilator So Good?

There are tons of benefits to installing a heat recovery ventilator in your home, for you and for others. It makes use of the energy that already exists in your home, meaning there’s less waste. This is not only good for you, as it can save you lots of money on your energy bills, but it’s also good for the environment since you need less energy to supply your house and so fewer fossil fuels are burnt, as well as reducing the heat itself that we contribute to the environment. It also means the air in your home will be fresher since it reduces the amount of dust and pollen in the air, as well as reducing moisture, meaning you’re less likely to get build ups of mould, condensation, damp, or smells caused by cooking.

It also fits whatever weather you’re experiencing – in the heat, a heat recovery ventilator from BPC Ventilation will reduce the amount it extracts so you won’t be uncomfortable, and in the winter, it’ll keep workers warm without risking losing heat by opening a door. And with such little maintenance needed (all that’s needed is changing the filters once or twice a year), it’s easy for you too.

Heat recovery ventilators are the perfect option for those who are looking to make life easier for themselves and help contribute to a better place both in their home and the environment.