More about an HRV

Yesterday we introduced you to the Heat Recovery Ventilator or HRV.  We can’t emphasize enough the vital role the HRV plays in the well-being and good health of your family.  Homes today are increasingly built better!  A new home in 2017 is a superior building that what you would typically have had in 2007, only ten years ago.  Energy efficiency has become so important that builders are constantly upgrading and improving the efficiency of their homes.  Further, state building codes, especially here in Vermont are rapidly expanding to ensure that we use less Fossil Fuels

When it comes to Energy Efficiency the enemy is Heat Loss!  To cut back on Heat Loss homes are being built tighter and tighter, producing a superior home with regards to Energy Efficiency.

Tight Buildings – the outcome is typically:

  1. Greater Energy Efficiency, as homes are built better they consume less energy and that is a good thing.
  2. Use far less Fossil Fuels, again as homes are more energy efficient they will consume less Fossil Fuels.
  3. Save Homeowners money, obviously this a huge plus!
  4. Poor indoor air quality –
    1. Mold and mildew have a better chance to grow
    2. Spores will survive better in the poor air quality
    3. Respiratory difficulties can develop for the very young and the very old
    4. Noxious fumes from off-gassing are not vented to the outside
    5. All in all, poor air quality is a significant issue and must be addressed!

Solution – the solution is readily available, you need to learn more about Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRV).  Remember Houses Do Not Breath, especially well built homes.  You need a ventilation system that will exhaust stale air and introduce fresh air – you need an HRV. 

  1. Exhaust stale air – the HRV will exhaust stale air from bathrooms, the laundry, and the kitchen.
  2. Introduce fresh air – all bedrooms and living spaces such as the living room
  3. Recovers 90’s% of the heat from the exhausted air
  4. Transfers the recovered heat to the incoming Fresh Air.
  5. Controls excessive moisture

Today’s photograph shows mold growing on the interior walls of a home, an HRV could have prevented this scenario.

NB:  Vermont Modular Homes has been building Tight Energy Efficient Homes for the past twenty years and everyone had an HRV.  We are very proud to have been far ahead of the curve on this very important topic. 

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