What Is a Heat Recovery System?
For anybody interested in energy efficient, mould combating systems in your home, then a heat recovery system may be something of interest to you, but what is a heat recovery system?
With new buildings being made to be as energy efficient as possible, and the UK aiming for 95% of its electricity usage to be low carbon by 2030
To prevent mould, fresh air should constantly be introduced into your dwelling daily, as it helps to regulate temperature and reduce condensation. Introducing fresh air can be as simple as having a ventilation routine, or installing extractors or PIV systems. Almost all of this is facilitated by ducting.
I-Sells is here to provide the answers you need whilst also supplying you with all the information you need to combat mould and have a well-ventilated home.
Why is ventilation so important?
Ventilation is vital in order to prevent mould.
Mould, otherwise known as damp, is a kind of fungus that grows on wet surfaces. Mould comes in a variety of colours: Black, Green, Brown, Grey and White. It can be difficult to identify mould by colour as it can occur in many shades. Some of the most common mould strains in the home are:
- Black Mould – Also called Stachybotrys chartarum, Black mould is commonly found in bathrooms and wet rooms but can also occur on cold exterior walls in habitable rooms such as the bedroom or living room.
- Cladosporium – Commonly found in bathrooms, under sinks, and around faucets but it can grow on surfaces like carpets, furniture, walls, and floors.
Mould reproduces from tiny spores. The spores float through the air and deposit on the surfaces. Under adequate temperature, moisture, and nutrient conditions, the spores can form new mould colonies.
If you have found mould in your home, you need to assess if this is your landlord’s responsibility (for example it could be from a leaking roof that needs repairing). Or if the dampness is caused by improper ventilation. To assess your options, click here.
You should not be amongst mould and aim to get rid of it immediately, as it can be known to affect people’s health or intensify health conditions if you have a mould allergy.
What is a heat recovery system?
A heat recovery system has the benefit of keeping your home energy efficient and warm, whilst maintaining ventilation. Heat recovery systems vary in size, some can be made just for a singular room, whilst others are made for your whole home.
The aim of a heat recovery system, aside from recovering any heat that is lost through ventilation, is to create an environment in which condensation, and consequently mould can’t survive in.
Can you ventilate a room naturally?
Yes, you can. Ventilating a room naturally is as simple as opening your windows! Here’s a simple ventilation routine you can apply today.
- Open the windows downstairs and upstairs in your home
- Make sure the doors are open so the air can flow
- Simply leave the window open for 15 minutes minimum
You can do this process in apartments and bungalows too.
Signs you need a heat recovery system
- In rooms where there is an extractor, it is colder than in other rooms
- You find condensation in your home regularly
- You ventilate your home naturally but it makes your home uncomfortable
Should I get a heat recovery system or an extractor fan?
When deciding between the two, you should analyze the effectiveness of your heating system, if your heating isn’t as good as you feel it should be, a heat recovery system may be the better option for you. Regardless, you should get in contact with us directly to help you through any choices you need to make.
Where can I buy heat recovery systems?
We at I-Sells provide a large variety of ventilation options, heat recovery systems are also in our range, let us share our options with you.
Nuaire MRXBOX95AB-WM1 – Wall-Mounted Multi Room Heat Recovery Unit With Automatic Bypass
the MRXBOX95AB-WM1 is ideal for small to medium-sized houses and apartments, as it can be mounted in either a wall or cupboard. It incorporates the most efficient low-voltage DC fans, a counter-flow heat exchanger and easily accessible controls. Added to extremely low noise levels and minimal maintenance requirements, this is an ideal way to provide effective MVHR new-build properties.
- Compact, lightweight and easy to install
- Fan controls designed for quick and easy commissioning
- Easily accessible filters from front cover – no tools required
- Integrated, automatic summer bypass
- Code 3 or above through SAP Q eligible products
- Part F & L building regulation compliant
- Constant quiet running fans to ensure occupant acceptability
- Integral frost protection
- With 5 year warranty: 1 year parts and labour, remaining years parts only (UK and Ireland only).
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Blauberg Heat Recovery Ventilation Unit – Silent MVHR System – Slimline Low Profile and Void Mounting – Komfort Ultra
Komfort Ultra D105-A is a single room (dual with short duct runs) heat recovery unit with controllable air exchange for creating the best heat comfort in your home.
This unit is controlled by an external speed switch to control the units three fan speeds.A highly efficient, affordable heat recovery ventilation unit. It delivers filtered, fresh air into your home, and extracts stale, moist and dirty air with minimal heat loss.
Extract air from 1 kitchen and 1 wet room (bathroom, toilet, shower room) and deliver fresh air to 2 living/sleeping rooms. OR Extract air from 2 wet rooms (bathroom + en-suite) and deliver fresh air to 2 bedrooms.
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Kair Trakmaster 125 Slimline Heat Recovery Ventilation Unit
An extremely cost-effective heat recovery ventilation unit specifically designed for single rooms, small apartments, flats or houses. It is also ideal for retrofitting into houses as a damp and condensation solution.
The unit is a single-room (dual with short duct runs) heat recovery unit with controllable air exchange for creating the best heat comfort in your home. This unit is controlled by an external speed switch to control the unit’s three fan speeds.
A highly efficient, affordable heat recovery ventilation unit. It delivers filtered, fresh air into your home, and extracts stale, moist and dirty air with minimal heat loss.
Click here to see all the product details.
How is a heat recovery system different to a extractor fan?
The difference between a heat recovery system and an extractor fan is the fact that an extractor fan only extracts indoor air pollutants and humidity. Heat recovery systems follow the same process as an extractor fan, but has the additional benefit of maintaining any heat lost due to the extracting process.
Of course, heat recovery systems are made in such a way that the heat they emit does not contribute to humidity or condensation, through the use of temperature sensors that accurately determine when heat recovery should take place.
Buy a heat recovery system today
We at I-Sells endeavour to ensure our customers have all the information they need before investing in our mould solutions. Be sure to visit our blog page to learn about the vast array of factors and issues surrounding ventilation, mould, condensation, and much more.
We hope to have answered the question “What is a heat recovery system?’’
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