It has become very popular to make your home more energy-efficient, to not only help the environment but to save money too. If you are looking for a great way to use less heat and layering up isn’t doing the trick, installing a heat recovery system could be the best choice for lower bills and a greener home.
What’s a Home Heat Recovery System?
Most homes have a general heating system, which is comprised of pipes running through the house to radiators in each room. These are heated via hot water and in the winter, it is all too easy to rack up a large bill this way. Radiators are not the most energy-efficient way of heating our homes and neither are electric heaters, which can be extremely hazardous.
Heat recovery systems can be installed in any home and unlike traditional heating systems, they don’t allow heat to rise and be lost through the roof. Instead, the system re-uses heat to warm up fresh air from outside, before it enters the room. It does this via two ducts, which follow along beside each other. One of these ducts removes the stale hot air from each room and replaces it with air from outside. Whilst this is happening, heat exchange takes place as the old warm air runs alongside the fresh air, heating it as it enters the room.
As you are re-using heat energy, you can already see some advantages emerging from the use of a heat recovery system. This causes the overall bills to be lower and your house to feel warmer during the colder months. As air is constantly being circulated throughout your home, you are also at less risk of damp and toxic home syndrome. If you want a warmer, greener, cleaner home, then a heat recovery system can offer all three. The initial cost of installing can be daunting to many, but you can look at making your money back in around five years. Not only this, but a heat recovery system can add value to your property, as it is a more energy-efficient way of heating the home.
How to Install
BPC Ventilation can advise you on the best heat recovery system for your home and can help with the installation and maintenance of your new system. The size of your home will depend on what type of heat recovery kit you will need. To make the most of your heat recovery system, you should ensure that the walls and loft are properly insulated. For newer homes, this shouldn’t be much of an issue, but older homes may not gain the greatest benefit from a heat recovery system without insulation first. No matter what your heating system, proper insulation is recommended to lower your energy bills and reduce damp.
Many people in the UK are now choosing to install a heat recovery system to save money on their energy bills and to make use of otherwise wasted energy.