There is just something really special about owning a new build home and knowing you are the first and only person/family to ever live there. It is truly your home with no prior memories, décor, or features that you didn’t choose. For many homeowners, the fact that you can work with the builder and customize the final product is often the biggest advantage. You can make all those small and big changes while it’s still in the build process, saving you from the hassle of renovations later on.
One feature you may want to consider working into the plans is a heat recovery system. If you’re not familiar with this type of system, you’ll want to read on as we cover why it can make a great choice for a new build home.
What is a Heat Recovery System?
To appreciate the benefits of these systems, you first need to understand what a heat recovery system is. A heat recovery ventilation system works by drawing the air from the rooms in your home which is stale and often moist. As it extracts this air, it can recover the heat that would usually be lost and then replace it with filtered, fresh air. You may even want to look at a single room heat recovery ventilator, focusing on one particular room in your house that is prone to warm and moist air. These single-room MVHR units are usually quite compact and will be able to handle various sized rooms depending on the unit.
Take Advantage of the Thermal Efficiency Properties
One of the biggest benefits of these systems is the thermal efficiency properties which translate to savings on your home-heating costs. Without a heat recovery system, that warm air isn’t recovered, which means your heating system has to work that much harder.
Improve the Air Quality
With new builds, there is an emphasis on creating homes that are air-tight so that no heat or cool air is lost. While this makes sense, it often results in poor quality indoor air. There is no chance for the air to properly be refreshed since it is just the same stale air moving around the home. Because a heat recovery system is drawing fresh air from the outdoors, you know you’re getting a fresh and constant supply. As mentioned above, this can help with odors in the house, so it works especially well in areas like the kitchen and bathroom.
Solve the Condensation Problem
This is also a great way to ensure you don’t have excess moisture and condensation in the home, which is uncomfortable and can lead to mold growth over time.
Choosing to install a heat recovery system in your new build home should be seen as an upgrade that will benefit the health and comfort of all of those in the house for many years to come. It can offer countless benefits that may typically be overlooked.