Not too long ago, we talked about the main benefits of using heat recovery systems. You can conserve a lot of energy and continue to keep your house warm throughout the year without breaking the bank thanks to a heat recovery ventilation (HRV) system. Of course, simply installing the system isn’t enough.
Maintaining good energy efficiency levels around the house is easier than you think with an HRV system, but the system itself needs to be maintained properly. These next tips and tricks help you get started with your own maintenance routines without a problem.
Regular Maintenance Is the Key
Never wait until your HRV unit is broken. It is always better to maintain the entire system regularly rather than waiting until something goes wrong. In the build up to that malfunction, your HRV unit will actually consume more energy than normal; you will see a steady hike in your energy bills during this process.
The heat recovery system you use requires regular maintenance to work optimally. The filter, for example, needs to be cleaned and changed regularly. Regular checks are also required so that you can spot potential problems early. We’ll talk more about some of the maintenance tasks to tackle later.
Maintaining high energy efficiency also starts with choosing the right system to use in the first place. Some HRV systems are designed to be more efficient than the others. Consult experienced heat recovery experts like BPC Ventilation before making a purchase if you are serious about hitting the maximum energy efficiency level.
Know the Routine
Most modern HRV systems are designed to be easy to maintain. The vents and ducts are also more durable, so maintaining a newly installed system is fairly easy to do. Still, there are a few things you need to do to keep the system healthy and efficient.
As mentioned before, you can start by checking the filter regularly. Cleaning the filter is usually enough, but the filter itself needs to be replaced after a while. Failure to replace the filter regularly means losing certain benefits like the system’s ability to filter particles and allergens.
Check the heat exchange surfaces for dirt and other particles. They need to be cleaned regularly as well. Continue by unblocking the condensate drains so you don’t end up with a system that emits bacteria.
Depending on the system you use, other maintenance tasks may be required. Make sure you consult the supplier during installation to know exactly the kind of maintenance work the system requires. You can even get the same ventilation experts to complete the maintenance tasks for you in some cases.
Check for Cracks
It is worth noting that the rest of the house may impact on how well your ventilation system works too. There is no point in having optimised heat recovery systems if the house itself isn’t good at retaining the interior climate.
Small problems like a gap in the door or cracked windows can actually have a big impact on your house’s energy efficiency. You want to tackle these small issues as quickly as possible rather than wait until they become serious and require a replacement.
There are still so many things you can do to maintain your house’s heat recovery system. Be sure to check back for more right here on Painting Palace.