What Is the Best MVHR System?

What Is the Best MVHR System?

What Is the Best MVHR System?

In this blog, we will answer the question ‘What is the best MVHR 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, it is imperative to understand how we can make the most of our ventilation. This is where MVHR units come in.

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 MVHR units. Almost all of this is facilitated by ducting.

What is MVHR?

What is MVHR?

MVHR stands for ‘Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery’. This is the formal term, the units that use this technology are generally known as heat recovery units, or heat recovery systems.

As the name suggests, MVHR units provide the function and benefits of ventilation, whilst also finding a way to recover heat that is lost during ventilation. They are available in single or multi-room units.

The advantages of heat recovery systems are the following:

  • Temperature sensors ensure that additional heat is not being added to the atmosphere of the home if it is already hot.
  • Heat recovery systems take a lot of the burden from you conducting a ventilation routine. This is ideal for a vulnerable person.
  • Less of a need to use your central heating frequently as the heat generated through your house is recycled through the heat recovery unit.
  • The reduced use of heating as a result of the heat conservation granted by a heat recovery unit can help you save on energy bills.

Is MVHR better than regular ventilation?

Generally, MVHR is much better than regular ventilation, simply for the additional benefits of retaining heat, and replacing extracted air with air that has been filtered from outside.

You can truly experience the benefits of MVHR if your home loses a lot of heat from ventilation, or if you or an occupant suffers from allergies that relate to their breathing.

In the unpredictable climate of the UK, a MVHR system provides a safe guarantee that you will get clean air, without losing heat whatever the temperature.

When is regular ventilation better than MVHR?

Some may argue regular ventilation is better than a MVHR system, this would only qualify if the following factors were met.

  • You live in an area with air that is free from many air pollutants.
  • Your home is extremely well insulated
  • You live somewhere that has consistently warm temperatures.

What is the best MVHR system?

What is MVHR?

Logically, the best MVHR system would be one that can operate within multiple rooms, or your whole house. Which some MVHR systems, otherwise known as ‘whole house units’ can provide.

The reason a whole house unit is the best is simply because of its wide-reaching capabilities, creating a balanced home with fresh air that retains warmth. So which whole house unit is the best?

The Sentinel Kinetic® Advance

At £3321.84 The Sentinel Kinetic® Advance from Vent-Axia is our most premium whole house MVHR unit.

It represents the next generation of heat recovery ventilation systems. It is designed to offer the highest level of comfort and control available, ensuring the best possible experience.

Design features

The highly sculpted interior surfaces, designed using the latest CFD techniques, ensures airflows are maximised through the unit, minimising noise and energy use.

This alone provides an experience that will delight homeowners and provide the most discrete and efficient ventilation available. With the widest range of options available, your needs can be met, in almost every ventilation requirement.

Air Quality and Health

The Advance system is one of the most flexible solutions available on the market. The optimisation has been targeted in every aspect of the design to ensure that it improves the quality of life.

Whatever the outside environment, the Sentinel has a method to help reduce air pollution from entering the living space. Our range of filter options, up to and including F7, ensure that even homes in heavily urbanised areas have the opportunity to filter out the impurities and help protect their family from respiratory issues.

Ventilation control features

Every element of the ventilation control has been considered for this system. Should you want to run the system at certain times and at certain speeds, all the options are available for you.

With a programmable controller, it is possible to boost the unit if required, for example during hot periods in the summer, or even reduce the speed if needed, perhaps when a baby is due to go to bed.

Whatever the situation, Advance can be made to operate as needed. At the same time, automatic functions such as frost protection and summer bypass even have a choice of algorithms designed to suit different climates and lifestyles.


With building services often hidden away in cupboards or in lofts, this system made sure there are a number of options for system control. From an App which provides instant access wherever you are, to full onboard touch screen controls, an option will be available to support your needs.

Can anyone get a whole house MVHR unit?

No, certain units are not applicable for specific builds, as this can range per system, you should check before committed to purchasing one. You can find all the details within our product descriptions.

For example, some flats or bungalows may not be able to get a whole house system, but a single room system may be fine. Depending on your circumstances, a single room unit may be the best option, especially if your ventilation and humidity troubles are only common in one specific room.

Which rooms need MVHR?

As everybody has different homes, there are different factors at play that can affect which room requires MVHR the most. However, generally the kitchen and bathrooms of a home require ventilation, due to the steam that is created through cooking and bathing respectively.  

Other rooms that may require MVHR more than others are ones where condensation occurs easily, or rooms that have lots of electronics operating, which have a by-product of heat, which can become condensation if you aren’t careful.

Can I prevent humidity in my home without ventilation?

No, without any ventilation, your home will quickly retain humidity which will eventually become mould. That being said, you can prevent or lessen humidity in your home by employing simple techniques, in conjunction with having a ventilation system.

Here are some techniques that can lessen humidity…

  • Opening the window for brief periods.
  • Opening windows when cooking or bathing.
  • Drying your clothes outside.
  • Using the cooker hood when cooking.
  • Don’t keep every door to a room closed constantly.

Where to buy the best MVHR systems

Where to buy the best MVHR systems

We at I-Sells endeavour to ensure our customers have all the information they require 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 the best MVHR system?’

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