A Heat Recovery Ventilation device acts as a hub for your ventilation system and recovers heat from the stale air that is being exhausted to the outdoors. Paired with a high-efficiency heating and cooling system, an HRV dramatically reduces energy needs to heat or cool your home while keeping your air fresh, filtered, and oxygenated.
As your home increases in efficiency and your total insulation improves, it also becomes important to seal the building well to prevent additional heat loss. A blower door test can identify leakages and improve air sealing. The better your home is sealed, the more you can control both temperature and ventilation.
VOCs or volatile organic compounds are nasty chemicals that are offgased in many paints, furnitures, and building materials. When these toxic compounds leak into the air and combine with other pollutants from cooking, candles, or even just breathing– indoor air quality can be ten times worse than outdoor air. By using materials that have low to no VOCs and having great filtered air, you will stay healthy, alert, and happy.
Most homes have a noisy hood fan over your stove top that's annoying and makes conversation difficult. However, it’s important to have the hood fan running while cooking as it expels toxic chemicals. While many people will simply not run the hood fan because of the loud annoyance, a remote hood fan is a better solution. It's super quiet so it keeps the air fresh and the conversation flowing.
Through the use of triple-pane windows, a ductless HVAC system, individual room insulation, and drop door seals, you can have great sound isolation. This lets roommates work in peace and isolates you from outdoor noise so you won't wake up to the morning garbage trucks. It also lets a roommate play loud music or practice their instrument without disrupting others.