How to Use a Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery System

For many of us, our monthly energy bills are necessary but an unavoidable expenditure. No matter how much of an effort you make to use your energy efficiently and to keep your bills as low as possible, you will have to generate energy and heat somehow, which means that sooner or later you will have to pay for the privilege. Whatever method you use to heat your home and produce energy, there will always be a certain amount of energy being wasted. This wasted energy is lost to the atmosphere or to the walls of our home.


Luckily, there are things you can do in order to reduce the amount of energy that you are wasting and ensure that as much of what you are producing as possible is going into actually heating your environment and keeping yourself comfortable. Heat recovery systems are designed to do exactly what they say on the tin, that is, they are able to recover some of that heat energy that would otherwise be wasted and make sure that it is used for something useful instead.

Nuaire MVHR (mechanical ventilation with heat recovery) systems are among the most energy-efficient systems available for the domestic market. They are used in a variety of residential and commercial settings, as well as supporting numerous building and infrastructure projects.

How do Heat Recovery Systems Work?

There are a couple of different designs that heat recovery systems can use. However, the majority of the Nuaire systems that are installed in people’s homes today adhere to the same basic design and consist of a heat exchanger unit that sits outside, usually in a loft or on a roof, and draws cold air from the outside. This cold air is then warmed using the energy contained in stale warm air from inside the home.

Ventilating Older Buildings

Houses that were built a long time ago are ventilated in the simplest way possible – by opening the doors and windows and creating airflow. However, things are more difficult in modern buildings. Modern buildings are built with all of our modern technology in mind. That means that they tend to be virtually airtight, which makes for great insulation but can also make it more difficult to heat.

What are the Benefits of Heat Recovery Systems?

Nuaire heat recovery systems provide homeowners with a simple and reliable way of reducing the amount that they spend on their heating and energy bills. If a heat recovery system is set up properly in your home, it should lead to a noticeable reduction in your energy bills. Of course, the amount of money that you save will depend on the system that you choose and how it is set up in your home. If the system isn’t set up optimally, it won’t deliver optimal performance.

The right MVHR system can dramatically reduce the energy bills for your household. You might have to spend some time making sure that you choose the right heating system and have it installed properly. Nuaire’s MVHR systems are an excellent starting point.

Have you tried using a heat recovery system? Let us know your experience in the comments below.

Erin Emanuel