All homes require ventilation and including a heat recovery ventilation system in your building project could be the best solution.
Approximately 7-10% of all new builds around the country are self-builds. Compared to other countries, this figure is quite low. However, a recent survey suggested that over 50% of people would think about building their own home if they had the opportunity and funds to do so.
Whether you’re a professional builder, when planning your own self-build or refurbishment, there’s a lot you need to think about. You need to think about what the project involves, make sure you employ qualified tradespeople to build your home properly and ensure you install vital parts like a ventilation system. Keep reading below to find out more information about heat recovery ventilation systems and why you should include them in your project:
Why You Need Good Ventilation
No matter what type of property you are building, there are regulations that you need to comply with. Some of these regulations relate to air-tightness and energy-efficiency in your property. Other requirements deal with ventilation and need a minimum amount of air exchange or air flow per hour. This can sometimes be hard to achieve as the more airtight you make your building, the less natural air will circulate. This is why you should install a mechanical ventilation system.
The regulations aren’t the only reason why installing a heat recovery ventilation system is a good idea. Good ventilation helps to avoid poor air quality and damp problems in the property. Poor air quality can also have a negative impact on our health.
What Are Your Options?
Uncontrolled or natural ventilation is a traditional solution. Openings like air bricks and trickle vents can be installed in a property to allow air to enter the building. These options are not ideal for modern airtight properties.
Another option is a mechanical ventilation system. These systems help increase airflow and are energy-efficient. There are a number of different ventilation systems available, but a heat recovery ventilation system such as these systems from BPC Ventilation offers an all-round solution. These systems draw moist, stale air out of kitchens and bathrooms and push it through a heat exchanger. The heat is then taken out of the air before being released into the surrounding atmosphere.
While this is going on, the heat exchanger is also drawing fresh air into the property, removing impurities and passing it through the exchange. Home heat recovery ventilation systems ensure a continuous flow of clean, fresh air throughout your house and are energy efficient.
Including a Heat Recovery Ventilation System into Your Home Building Project
You will require an experienced installer to add a heat recovery ventilation system into your existing property, but if you’re one of the thousands of people who are considering building their own property this year, then it’s a good idea to consider including a heat recovery ventilation system in your design from the beginning. This will help you to select the best materials and allow you to build it to fit around your other electrical and plumbing systems.
Commissioning and installing a good quality heat recovery ventilation system is a crucial consideration for anyone wanting to build their own property. Not only will it help improve the energy-efficiency of your home, but it will also help ensure you have a constant supply of fresh, clean air, which will make your home warmer and healthier.
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