Ep60 – Heat pumps and MVHR: are they worth it?

Gavin Millar of BPC Ventilation chats through the benefits of heat pumps and MVHR, including:

  • What is mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) and is it worth the money? What are the benefits?
  • What are heat pumps and are they worth it? What’s the payback?
  • Why are heat pumps and MVHR more efficient than traditional systems? How much more do they cost?
  • How much more do they cost?
  • Should settings on ventilation systems be adjusted according to the outside temperature, e.g. summer, winter?
  • Which ventilation system is best for an ICF house?
  • Are MVHR units noisy?
  • Energy upgrades: the case of changing a 1950s house from oil heating to air to water, is that the best option?
  • Is it efficient to mix underfloor and radiator heating?
  • Can one heat pump be used for two buildings?

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Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. Email astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie

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