At this time of year, it’s natural that we think more about our heating, how effective it is, and what it costs. The need to repeatedly heat our home to keep it warm with the thermostat automatically turning the heating system on and off periodically to maintain a reasonable temperature range is expensive. But is there any other choice?
In fact, there is. A home heat recovery system works differently to reduce this repetitive heating cycle. In this article, we discuss the ins and outs of a heat recovery system for the home to see who it might be right for?
How is Heat Recovery System Different from a Regular Heating System?
Heating systems haven’t changed much because, to a certain degree; they cannot. This is because these systems heat up the air inside a room, and hot air naturally rises. Hot air goes from the floor level to the ceiling, up through to higher floors, and then escapes out of the roof. There’s no way to prevent heat from rising – it’s the law of thermodynamics at work – and so other methods must be devised to work around it.
With a home heat recovery system, while hot air rising is not preventable, the heat can still be captured by recovery units at the top of the ceiling. That heat can then be used to warm up clean air and recirculated around the home.
Is a Heat Recovery System More Energy Efficient?
The recovery system does use electricity to operate, but this is quite limited overall. Outside air is pulled inside the home, filtered, and recirculated throughout the property.
The existing heating doesn’t get reactivated as often because the heat is better regulated due to the recirculation of warm air that helps to keep the temperature more consistent.
The reduced use of radiators and/or other heaters puts a reduced strain on the system and consumes less energy. That’s even when accounting for what the heat recovery system uses. As a result, heating-related bills decline considerably, especially during the colder months when the size of the post-winter energy bill is a concern for many people.
Cleaner Air Quality
Homes can become stuffy as the cold air remains and progressively picks up more air contaminants. Whether from pollutants outside the home or house dust, without airing out each room, it gets harder to breathe as the air becomes stuffier over time.
By comparison, when using a heat recovery system, new air is collected from outside and filtered. The warmth is now infused into the fresh air to bring it up to a comfortable temperature. Because of this, the air inside the home is regularly being replaced. Therefore, it’s cleaner, which makes it more comfortable, especially for people who have asthma or allergies to be concerned about.
Heat recovery systems are appropriate for homes that receive substantial energy bills. When that utility bill is mostly originating from the heating system, there’s a cost-saving to be had. Recovery systems are useful for people with allergies because the air quality will be cleaner too.