Unless you built your home very recently, it’s likely that you use a lot of energy for heating and cooling. Older homes rely on passive ventilation techniques like windows and vents to provide a source of fresh air. These methods allow fresh air to flow freely in and out of the building, but do nothing to regulate the temperature indoors. The route for fresh air to enter your home also provides a way for heat to leave it. To stay warm, you need to run your heater at a higher setting or for a longer period of time. This uses more energy and costs you more money.
Newer builds are designed to minimise air leakage, but of course they still need ventilation. Air tight buildings incorporate heat recovery systems, which give you the best of both worlds. By using this type of system, you can minimise heat loss from the building’s thermal envelope while maintaining a healthy environment inside.
How does decentralised heat recovery work?
A decentralised heat recovery system consists of at least one heat recovery unit, typically installed on an external wall. The unit operates in cycles. First, it extracts air through the wall for 70 seconds before switching to an intake mode. On each extraction cycle, the unit retains heat from the outgoing air stream. When it switches to an intake cycle, the heat is transferred to the incoming air.
Why choose the Fanco Habitat Expert?
The Fanco Habitat Expert features a high-quality ceramic accumulator which retains up to 93 % of heat energy. A single unit can operate as a complete system, which does not need to be hardwired to a wall control. Instead, the unit is operated by a handy remote-control handset or by the controls on the motor.
It’s also possible to connect multiple Habitat Experts into a larger system by hardwiring them together. If you choose to set up your heat recovery system like this, you will be able to control all of the units from a single remote or by the controls on the master unit.
Inbuilt Humidity Sensor
This unit features an inbuilt humidity sensor. The purpose of the humidity sensor is to activate the highest speed of the unit once the specified level of humidity is reached. Via dip switches behind the fascia you are able to determine if this setting is disabled, or active based on 40%, 50%, 60%, 70% or 80% room humidity. If humidity goes above this set point the unit will switch to high speed. Once humidity drops below this point the unit changes to the pre set speed (after the period of time defined in the delay timer setting has elapsed).
- Remote control operation – handset included
- Achieve up to 93% Heat Recovery
- Automatic Shutters
- Includes built in humidity sensor
- x2 in built G3 filters with antibacterial treatment
- Optional F8 Filter Available
- Adjustable telescopic duct for any wall thickness
- Reversible axial fan with energy efficient DC motor
- Anti-bacterial treatment – preventing bacteria generation inside of regenerator
Retrofitting the Habitat Expert to an Older Property
Heat recovery systems are most effective in airtight spaces, so most older properties will need to be sealed and insulated in order to benefit from heat recovery. However, one of the benefits of a decentralised heat recovery system like the Fanco Habitat Expert is that it can operate in a single room. This means that you can seal and insulate a single room or perhaps part of the home and use decentralised heat recovery to save energy.