It’s an interesting fact that the better we build homes here in Canada, the more airtight they become. That means that while Canadians are saving on heating costs by using better windows and more efficient insulation, you can no longer count on the kind of incidental air leakage that promotes good indoor air quality.
You need to improve the ventilation in new homes and it’s good to know that there’s an excellent innovation that can solve this problem.
Heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) are one of the best ways that the average new homeowner can exchange air from the outside to the inside, improve indoor air quality and save on energy and heating costs at the same time. By using the air that’s being exhausted to the outside to heat the air that’s coming in, these excellent inventions can recover 60 to 80 per cent of the heat that would otherwise be lost. When you consider they are also a great way to provide the ventilation that will keep the indoor air quality healthy for you and your family to breathe, you’ll see why they are increasing in popularity.
Some of the HRVs will use the same ductwork as the furnace. In this case the furnace needs to be on or at least cycling to get ventilation through the home. The other option for an HRV, where the system has its own ductwork, is considered to be the more efficient of the two.
Here the mechanism has its own fan motor and ventilates fresh air through a duct system that’s been specifically built for the unit. You’ll find this variety will save you even more on energy bills since the furnace doesn’t need to be running here.
Ultra Comfort has been providing furnace and air conditioning installation and repair services since 1979. They are dedicated to other services as well and carry a fine selection of Napoleon fireplaces. Call them at 519-653-8040 or visit their website at www.ultracomfort.ca.