What is a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) and why do I need one? Modern homes are airtight to prevent heat loss. But this also prevents air circulation, which is important for your health and comfort. HRVs are like fresh air machines. They remove indoor pollutants and get fresh air inside while minimizing heat loss. Already have a heat recover ventilator? Learn the signs that you need a new HRV.
- You can save $1,000* on electricity costs over the life of your high efficiency HRV.
- Enjoy a warmer home – an energy efficient HRV will keep your home cozier.
- Many of the more efficient units also offer simpler system controls.
Do you Qualify?
New and existing homes with any type of heat source can qualify for a rebate.
To be eligible:
- You must be the homeowner and your home must have an active electricity account.
- Your home must be on a permanent foundation and intended as a residence.
What to Look For
- To qualify you must choose an eligible model. View full list.
- By choosing an HRV that is eligible for a takeCHARGE rebate, you can be sure you are getting one of the most energy efficient units available. Eligible models are extremely efficient and exceed ENERGY STAR®’s qualifications.
- It must be installed by a HRAI certified installer and purchased on or after Sept. 15, 2013.
- Installers have been confirmed by the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada to have met the qualification requirements for Residential Mechanical Ventilation certification.
- Qualifying HRVs must meet the following criteria:
- Efficiency rating of at least 70% (SRE) at 0 degrees.
- 63% SRE at -25 degrees.
- Fan efficacy of at least 1.2 cfm/watt.
- If the SRE is 75% or higher, the fan efficacy can be 0.8 cfm/watt.
How to Buy & Install
Ask your HRAI certified installer about choosing an eligible model. To be eligible for a rebate, the HRV unit must be installed by an HRAI certified installer. Installers on this list have been confirmed by the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada to have met the qualification requirements for Residential Mechanical Ventilation certification.
Keep your receipt. You will need to submit a copy with your application.
How to Apply
Once your HRV is installed you can apply online or by mail. Your rebate will be applied as a credit on your electricity bill.
- Upload or mail a copy of your purchase receipt with your application.
- Allow up to eight weeks for processing.
- Newfoundland Power and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro may visit your home and confirm the HRV installation at any time within 15 months from when the rebate was processed.
How to Maximize your Energy Savings
Proper maintenance is important to ensure that your HRV is operating as efficiently as possible. Not only will this help you realize those energy savings, but it will also prolong the life of the unit. Here are steps to keep your HRV running smoothly. Check your manual for complete instructions.
Step 1: Turn Off Your HRV
Turn off your HRV and unplug it.
Step 2: Clean or Replace Air Filters
Dirty or clogged filters can lower ventilation efficiency and should be cleaned at least every two months. Filters in most new HRVs can be easily removed, cleaned with a vacuum cleaner, then washed with mild soap and water. Older units have replaceable filters.
Step 3: Check Outdoor Intake and Exhaust Hoods
Remove leaves, waste paper or other obstructions that may be blocking the outside vents of your HRV. Without this vital airflow, your HRV won’t function properly. During winter, clear any snow or frost buildup blocking outside vents.
Step 4: Inspect the Condensate Drain
Check to see if your HRV has a condensate drain — a pipe or plastic tube coming out of the bottom. If it does, slowly pour about two litres of warm, clean water in each drain pan inside the HRV to make sure it is flowing freely. If there’s a backup, clean the drain.
Step 5: Clean the Heat Exchange Core
Check your HRV owner’s manual for instructions on cleaning the heat exchange core. Vacuuming the core and washing it with soap and water will reduce dust that can build up inside the core.
Step 6: Clean Grilles and Inspect the Ductwork
Once a year, check the ductwork leading to and from your HRV. Remove and inspect the grilles covering the duct ends, then vacuum inside the ducts. If a more thorough cleaning is required, call your certified service technician.
Step 7: Service the Fans
Remove the dirt that has been accumulated on the blades by gently brushing them. Check your manual for complete instructions.
Your HRV should be serviced annually. If you are not comfortable doing this yourself, contact your installer or look for an HRAI certified installer in your area.
* Savings based on 100% electric heat usage. takeCHARGE reserves the right to change or terminate the HRV Rebate Program at any time. If there is a difference between our printed materials and our website, please refer to the website for the most up-to-date program information.