November 2022 - North Ridge Developments Saskatoon

The Smart Way to Get Fresh Air in Your Home

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Fresh air is one of the most essential components of a good living space. It is imperative to have good ventilation in your home as this will help avoid respiratory problems and improve the overall quality of your home life. A good way to ensure fresh air in your home is by installing a Heat Recovery Ventilator, which comes standard in all North Ridge homes.

What is Heat Recovery Ventilator and how does it work?

A Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) is a type of ventilation system that exhausts stale air from your home and replaces it with fresh outside air. It is an energy-efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to provide fresh air to your home. This type of ventilation system works by drawing in air from the outside and passing it through a heat exchanger, which extracts heat from the outgoing air to warm the incoming air before it enters the furnace which then distributes this fresh air throughout your home. This process creates a constant flow of fresh, filtered air in your home.

What are the benefits of a Heat Recovery Ventilator?

HRV systems can provide a number of benefits to the homeowner. These include improved indoor air quality, reduced energy costs, and better humidity control. Because HRV systems are designed to exchange stale air from the home and replace it with fresh outside air, it removes contaminants such as smoke, chemicals, and dust particles. One of the main benefits of an HRV is to control humidity during the winter season by removing moist air from your home and replacing it with dryer outside air to avoid condensation on windows and reduce the possibility of mould growth.

How to Maintain your HRV

HRV systems are most effective when they are properly cared for. Maintaining your HRV system includes performing routine inspections, checking for leaks, and cleaning your filters regularly. The following practices are generally recommended for maintenance:
• Dust your HRV filters and rinse with lukewarm water every 3 months. Let it completely dry and never reinstall a wet filter.
• Rinse the HRV’s core with water once a year. Let it completely dry and never install a wet core.
• Wipe away any dust and debris from drains at the bottom of the unit every time it is opened.
• Check outdoor intake and exhaust hoods – remove leaves, waste, or other obstructions that may be blocking the outside vents of your HRV. Without this airflow, your HRV will not function properly. During winter, make sure to clear any snow, frost or ice buildup blocking outside vents.

A Heat Recovery Ventilator is a great way to make your home more comfortable. It can save you money on heating and cooling costs, and it improves the air quality in your home.

November 18, 2022