What is MVHR?
Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) is also known as heat recovery ventilation. It is a whole-house system that balances the air flow throughout a property. It is designed to extract the stale, moist air out of wet rooms such as the kitchen or bathrooms and at the same time, provides fresh, filtered air into the living spaces. As the stale air is extracted, the heat is recovered and transferred to the fresh, filtered air coming back into the property.
Aimed primarily at highly insulated and airtight properties, MVHR offers low-energy, forced-balanced ventilation to improve and maintain the air quality inside a property. Suitable for every building type whether self-build or custom-build, from residential care homes to commercial offices. It can even be retrofitted into a property renovation.
Why use MVHR?
MVHR adds value in many ways. For one-off custom builds, it improves the air quality within a home as it is filtered. It also saves energy as the heat recovered is being re-used. Some heat recovery units capture up to 95% of heat otherwise lost through standard bathroom or extraction fans. This means a reduction in heating costs.
For residential builds, MVHR has many benefits. Are you building luxury apartments? MVHR provides the best quality indoor air for your clients. Social housing? It reduces living costs for tenants. Student accommodation? It keeps the building well maintained by reducing moist air and in turn, prevents mould and damp. It is also a great solution for inner-city builds that require noise reduction and for builds that may require better air quality if located by busy roads or railway.
MVHR systems also meet passivhaus standards.