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Looking at getting an HRV system put in our 3 bedroom house.
Will cost between $3-$4K. Works out to cost $36 on average per YEAR to run and will cut our wood consumption over winter (only source of heating) by half. Will get rid of condensation, regulate air temp, better for bubba and toddlers health (toddler has asthma/chest issues blah blah blah!
Who has one of these systems in their home, what do you think of it, are the benefits noticeable, is it worth the money?
Honest feedback please, it'll be a big investment if we go ahead with it.
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Thursday, 25 September 2008 7:55 p.m.
Wednesday, 29 October 2008 9:00 p.m.
We love ours and have seen the benefits through winter and summer, it's a lot easier to heat a dry home and that's one advantage and the reason your wood consumption should come down. Also in summer it keeps the house cooler at night time, i remember last summer not realising how humid a day was until i opened the door to leave the house!!!
Wednesday, 29 October 2008 8:19 p.m.
Forgot to say that my son is a chronic asthmatic and having a warmer drier home while it hasn't cured his asthma its so much better for him and it has given me alot of much needed peace of mind
Wednesday, 29 October 2008 8:15 p.m.
Heya I've had my HRV for a year now and like most of the others can't say enough good stuff about it. Its AWESOME. We have a wood burner and this year its been going way way less.
If we have been out all day and come home at night the house is really nice and warm without any extra heat.
Also before having it during winter I would run an oil heater 24/7 in my sons room as well as the fire and this year have changed the oil heater to an econo panel and I think have only needed it on for around a month (only during the night) so our power bill has actually gone down since having the HRV put in.
If I ever move houses I will be having another one instated for sure
Tuesday, 28 October 2008 6:11 p.m.
We got one installed about a month ago and can't stop raving about it! From day 1 (after it was installed) there was NO condensation at all on any of the windows, the house feels drier, both hubby and I are sleeping better (think its because there isn't such a dip in the temperature during the night). What will be our babies room doesn't smell mouldy or damp anymore and I'm convinced we spent our money well. It may depend on each individuals house, where it is etc as to what kind of results you see but we're in the bush and its great.
Tuesday, 30 September 2008 1:35 p.m.
us too, love it. our 3rd bedroom which our son sleeps in was always cold and mouldy and the poor wee mite seemed to always be coughing. added to that my husband is asthmatic and our daughter has bronchiolitis several times in her first year. ours has been in a few months now and my hubby uses his inhaler heaps less at home and the kids have no coughs. house feels warmer too and the mold has been scrubbed off and is not growing back! yey HRV i say
Tuesday, 30 September 2008 1:10 p.m.
weve had ours in since april and have only had to light the fire a handleful of times compared to the last few years weve had to have it going 24/7, ive also noticed a huge difference in the kids, only been sick twice ths year and didnt last long. i seriously wouldnt live in a house without one now
Saturday, 27 September 2008 9:48 a.m.
We have one and we love it. We had terrible mold and condensation problems. We even had mold growing on our dining table under the runner (the HRV rep had never seen anything like it and took photos!!!). As everyone above has mentioned, you do still get a minimal amount of condensation on very cold days and also when it is raining. If you do go ahead and get one make sure you remember to change the settings in winter. We forgot and couldn't figure out why we were still getting terrible condensation. We contacted HRV who advised us to change the settings and the next day we had no condensation.
The running costs that you mention don't sound quite right but we haven't noticed a huge change in our power bill. 'We've had our HRV in since last July.
Friday, 26 September 2008 2:16 p.m.
Love it! We have had one for two years and I wouldnt be without it. I used to constantly clean mould off my window sills in winter and in one room I had to use plastic blinds because every curtain I put in there went mouldy, now I get a little bit of mold right in the middle of winter and thats it. Also used to use two towels every morning in winter to wipe down the windows and they would be sopping, now we only get a little condensation on the coldest mornings, Its also great in the middle of summer, most nights we can sleep with a cover on !!! Because the cooling kicks in and keeps the bedroom cool.
Friday, 26 September 2008 10:52 a.m.
We have one and we have noticed a huge difference! Our boys have Asthma and DS#1 didn't have an attack requiring Redipred all winter!
The condensation didn't go completely...windows get foggy but put the fan on "burnt toast" and it clears it.
We can't talk highly enough about it really.
Thursday, 25 September 2008 8:43 p.m.
Hi Jenn C - I will try & find an old post about HRV vs DVS vs Moisture Master systems & bump it up for you. We have a HRV & its great - would recommend it to anyone.
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