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4 Common Questions About MVHR System Answered

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MVHR systems have been around for a while now, and still, a lot of people are completely in the dark about them. If you’re not familiar with ventilation systems, you might be asking yourself what’s so special about MVHR systems. You may also have questions on how much you could save with them.  These are all very legitimate questions that should be asked before you decide to have this kind of ventilation system installed in your home. Here are some of the most common questions people have about MVHR systems, along with answers. 

How Expensive Are They?

One of the biggest concerns people have with MVHR systems is that they will cost a lot of money. Well, you should know that these systems do not come cheap. A lot of ducting may have to be installed and you will need to purchase a central unit that will make up for the majority of the costs. The bigger the home and the better-quality system you want, the more you can expect to pay.

Some installers will also charge you more depending on their pricing strategy or their relationship with suppliers. This is why it’s a good idea to go with suppliers like www.BPCVentilation.com that have bigger inventories. Good suppliers can offer better deals on installation and will be able to look at multiple models with you to find the one that will be the most budget-friendly without affecting quality.

Do MVHR Systems Work for All Homes? 

No, they don’t. Homes must fit specific criteria before they can be fitted with an MVHR system. The most important one is airtightness.

If too much air escapes from your home, then the heating and/or air conditioning will be working much too hard for you to get benefits. So, before you have this kind of system installed, you may have to call an airtightness inspector in. You can hire an independent one, but the contractor you want to buy the system from might also provide this kind of service, so don’t be afraid to ask.

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How Much Can I Expect to Save? 

A lot of people buy into MVHR technology because of the purported cost savings. MVHR systems can indeed help you cut your energy bills, but this depends on many factors.

The airtightness of the building will make a big difference. How much you rely on heating and air conditioning will also make a difference. If you use them 24/7, then you will see much more savings since MVHR systems rely on conditioned air to work. But, as a rule, you can expect to save anywhere from 25% to 50% on your energy bills with an MVHR service. This means that you could recoup your initial investment in a couple of years.

How Long Do These Systems Last?

An MVHR system should last you anywhere from 10 to 15 years, but it depends on the quality of the unit and installation, maintenance, and plenty of other factors. This is why you must go with a reputable supplier with years of experience, solid warranties, and a reputation for great aftercare service.

If you had any lingering questions about MVHR systems, we hope we were able to educate you. If you have any more, speak with a contractor in your area and don’t hesitate to ask them as many questions as you wish.