Ventilating your home is important for better air quality, optimal humidity levels, and comfort. An MVHR (mechanical ventilation with heat recovery) unit is a great way to ventilate, cool, and heat a home depending on the unit you get. Because getting one of these units and its ducts installed is a significant investment, you need to ensure you are getting the most out of your unit. Here are some tips to help you do this.
Get The Right Unit
Before you do anything else, ensure you get the right unit for your home. There are lots of differences between different units, with the differences being in their physical size, cost, controllability, type of heat exchanger, and performance output.
Because there are numerous units with different features and performance capabilities designed for different situations, talk to an expert to ensure you get the best MVHR unit for your home. Doing so will ensure you get one with the performance you need while also giving you the perfect balance between performance, energy consumption, and efficiency.
Ensure Good Design
MVHR systems use ducts for airflow and the design of these ducts is crucial. You need to ensure that you buy a ducting kit that is specifically designed for your home. Before getting one, have a designer check your home for airflow and noise levels so they know the optimal installation positions for the best airflow and low noise levels.
Have a Quiet System
Most people think that MVHR systems are noisy. That is true for homes where the system and the accompanying ducting have not been installed properly. However, if the ducting is designed and installed properly, it is possible to lower the decibels and have an imperceptible system.
Your MVHR designer should be able to check the sound levels and model them to keep them as low as possible. They should also check that all the air valves in different rooms are inaudible. If the system is still too loud after doing all this, you can ask the designer to add bigger silencers to the duct system until the noise is imperceptible.
Design The Ducting System Early
This applies to those building a new home. Consider where the MVHR unit and the ducting will fit early when designing the home. You will need to think about things like how deep your floor joists will have to be so they can accommodate the ducting comfortably. You might also need to ask the contractor to include additional space near the external wall, which will act as a utility room where you install the unit.
Many contractors now use 3D software to model and plan where everything will go. Doing things this way also allows the homeowners to give feedback should they notice something they don’t like about the design.
You can save a lot of time and money by ensuring everything is designed and done right the first time.
Since an MVHR unit and system can be a costly investment, you need to ensure you get the most out of what you pay for. You need a good system that provides adequate ventilation and heating that is relatively silent. A good designer and contractor can help you achieve this.