Homes that have recently been fitted out with modern heating and a boiler seem to have everything set up perfectly. However, that’s not always the case, especially with older properties.
Let’s explore how a heat recovery system might still be useful for homeowners with new heating systems in place.
How Warmth is Retained in the Home
It might seem like when heat is generated, it’s not easily lost. But that’s not true. A homeowner can have a new heating system and still be dealing with heat loss in a variety of ways, particularly in older properties.
When water is heated up in a boiler, it loses heat as it travels through the water pipes in the home. This happens when the pipes aren’t insulated with foam. You’d think the pipes would retain the heat naturally, but they do not.
Similarly, with heaters warming up one or more rooms at a time, where does the heat go? As you probably know, heat rises. So, much of it moves to the ceiling and up to the roof. When the attic is not insulated well, heat escapes easily that way. Also, damaged window seals either through age or low-quality materials leak cold air inside the home or warm air outside, which cools the property.
What Can Be Done to Improve Heat Retention?
By improving insulation in the attic, you stop heat going through the ceiling into the attic. This gives the warm air a chance to recirculate and not escape.
Also, when resealing window frames after an air leak is discovered, less cold air is brought in or warm air lost. Check for air leaks by using your hand to run along each window frame and use a proper sealant to reseal gaps. For the doors, use draft excluders to fit around the door frame to block any gaps between the door and the doorframe. This solves most problems.
Can Heat Be Recovered?
Once heat retention issues are resolved, you can look at a quality heat recovery system to round out your home’s systems. The idea with heat recovery is that it extracts moisture from the air to reduce the humidity levels. When it does so, it also extracts heat from the captured air at the same time. This retained heat is then transferred back into heating ducts throughout the property.
Using a heat recovery system is another step up from a regular heating system. This is because it makes it more comfortable with reduced humidity while creating a balanced heat level. While this might not matter as much in the summer months, come autumn and winter, it matters a great deal. We all want to be comfortable throughout our home, not just in the rooms where we turn the heating on.
Without the loopy temperature differences from one room to another, it’s possible to feel comfortable at a lower heat setting because it’s more consistent. Our bodies then adjust better to that temperature, which leads to energy savings as well. A win-win.