Heat recovery ventilators (HRV)* are designed to improve the air quality in your home and save energy. Now you can optimize your HRV’s performance and reduce your energy consumption even more with an advanced HRV control.
How does it work?
Your HRV helps improve the air quality in your home by regularly replacing the humid stale air inside your home with fresh air from outside. As an HRV removes stale heated air, it warms up the cool fresh air drawn in from the outdoors. This will reduce your heating costs.
Most HRV units come with a basic wall control that is limited in its ability to match the operation of the HRV to your lifestyle. Translation: your HRV may be running more than it needs to which is costing you money.
Upgrading to an advanced HRV control that comes with intermittent, automatic, and standby recirculation modes will help control the humidity in your home and ensure that your HRV is operating more efficiently. Translation: a more comfortable home and more money in your pocket.
You’ll also save up to $46 annually on your energy costs.
Here are some things to consider:
- Running your HRV continuously in spring and summer can contribute to hot, humid air in your home which may cause your air conditioning unit to work overtime.
- Continuous operation of your HRV in winter can contribute to an uncomfortable, dry, static-prone home.
- Shutting off or unplugging your HRV permanently is not a good way to save energy. This can result in high humidity which may lead to problems with condensation, mildew and mould.
- To achieve the right balance of humidity, the dehumidistat should be set just low enough to prevent condensation on the windows.
Manitoba Hydro rebate
For a limited time, you can receive a rebate of up to $150 from Manitoba Hydro when you install an advanced HRV control. Talk to your heating contractor today about the rebate. You can also visit Manitoba Hydro’s website for more information at hydro.mb.ca/powersmart.
*Since April 1, 2012, the Manitoba Building Code requires the installation of an HRV in new homes.