With all the talk of global warming and what we are doing to the environment in our pursuit of creature comforts, it’s time to take a look at new ways to go green in heating and cooling our homes. Perhaps one of the best-kept secrets has been something called a Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery (MVHR) system, which you may be as yet unfamiliar with. If you are serious about making less of an impact on the environment, an MVHR unit should be a starting point. Here are a few reasons why.

Reduction in Energy Consumption

Most home and business owners look at the cost of heating or cooling their homes without giving a second thought to why those costs are so high. Their priority is in reducing their monthly bills without understanding that they are paying high costs simply because of the amount of energy it takes to produce heat in the winter or to remove heat from the building during the hot months of summer.

Now it’s time to look at all that energy being produced for climate control and you will understand just how detrimental that is to the environment. Choosing the right MVHR can help to reduce your energy costs by as much as 25% and that will obviously reduce the amount of energy expended for climate control. Imagine reducing your need for fossil fuels by 25%. That’s huge in terms of conservation!

Reduction in Chemical Waste

If you were to check out the various types of heat recovery units on sites like, you’d begin to understand just how a MVHR can help to reduce the quantities of chemicals being filtered back into our homes. Consider all the millions of people who suffer from allergies or asthma and then look at the popular medications formulated for those sufferers.

All those medications are chemical compounds which in one way or another end up going down the drain. Whether it is in the home or at the pharmaceutical companies, a large amount of waste is literally flushed down drains. MVHR units filter the air and as a result, many consumers will have a lesser dependence on those medications they had previously relied on. This may not seem like a huge issue to you, but just ask an environmentalist the harm we are doing to the delicate balance of the ecosphere with our reliance on chemicals to get through our day-to-day lives.

Food for Thought

In the end, what you may not have thought of is that by cutting the cost of climate control you will also have more money to spend on other green initiatives for your home or place of business. Perhaps you have been looking to convert to a more cost-effective furnace. Maybe you would like a new hybrid vehicle but can’t afford the high cost of payments. Now add up 25% of your monthly energy bills and multiply that figure times 12 months.

That will add up to a tidy sum you could be spending on other ways to aid the environment. Using heat recovery in the home or office can be the beginning of what you can do to benefit Mother Earth in the long term. Who would have thought that such a simple solution could go such a long way towards going green?

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