The MINOTAIR recovers more energy annually than it consumes, hence the positive energy balance. It renews the interior air of your house while producing an energy gain which offsets additional costs related to ventilation. In other words, it makes it possible to enjoy clean air all year long without increasing the overall energy bill!
The extra costs generated by the use of HRV and ERV units turn into annual energy savings according to the localities. The following table shows the comparative energy balance of a one-storey house comprising 3 bedrooms, 4 occupants and a supplied airflow of 70 cfm.
In addition to its positive energy balance, the MINOTAIR can act as a heat pump – hence its “hybrid” designation. This way, warm air in the winter and cool air in the summer are kept in the house while an additional intake of heat or cool air is generated by the heat pump, which adds to the positive energy balance.
Since a heat pump produces more energy than it consumes, it is possible and desirable to favour its use as much as possible. Thus, the MINOTAIR can be used as a first line air conditioning device and, if needed, control central heating, conditioning, ventilation and humidifying units to create a complete, integrated air quality management system.