Should I get a single room heat recovery unit?

We all know what it’s like in the winter – sitting in a stuffy house because we’re obsessed with ‘keeping heat in’. Single room heat recovery units look to be a solution, pumping room-temperature fresh air into our homes. They can be expensive to install, but could reduce your heating bill.

There are several single room heat recovery units on the market these days. But do they really work? And how?

What are single room recovery units?

Heat recovery units are designed to improve indoor air quality and lower the risk of condensation. Single room heat recovery units tend to be more efficient than traditional extract ventilation systems, but are not as complex to install as the centralised packaged units that you tend to have for the whole building.

How do they work?

They continuously extract moist air from rooms in the home, which is especially important in bathrooms, utility rooms and kitchens. Unlike in traditional extraction systems, when fresh air is sucked in from outside, it collects heat from the extracted air (via a heat exchanger) before entering the room. This heat energy transfer can help save money on energy costs, because it keeps temperatures more constant than when opening windows for ventilation. Latent air is recycled and transferred back into the room to keep a consistent temperature environment.

How much do they cost?

Prices start at around £150 (per unit, per room), depending on the model. On the other hand if you are looking for multiple units and you are carrying out a whole house retrofit you may chose a more complex and integrated unit. The cost of these systems however are much higher than if you chose install for a single room unit.

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