What’s it Like Living with Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery

MVHR ducting
(Image credit: Green Building Store)

New houses are rather airtight. Or at least, they are compared to older, draughty ones. As a result, they are required to have some form of ventilation. 

When it comes to effective ventilation options, you can opt for a whole-house ventilation solution, such as Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR), that uses a large fan to blow air in and out of the home. Whole-house systems draw in fresh air from outside, while simultaneously expelling the same amount of stale internal air.

Mark Brinkley

Mark is the author of the ever-popular Housebuilder’s Bible and an experienced builder. The Housebuilder’s Bible is the go-to hardback for self builders; originally published in 1994, it is updated every two years with up-to-date build costs and information on planning and building regulations, and is currently in its 14th reiteration.

He has written for publications such as Homebuilding & Renovating for over three decades. An experienced self builder, his latest self build, a contemporary eco home built to Passivhaus principles, was created on a tight urban brownfield plot.