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Why MVHR Isn't Covered Under The Green Homes Grant

What Is The Green Homes Grant?

The Green Homes Grant was launched by the government in September 2020 to provide up to two thirds of the cost of energy-efficient home improvements for landlords and homeowners in the UK. For most households, this is up to a maximum contribution of £5000, but for lower-income households, it can be a maximum of £10,000.

What Isn’t Covered Under The Green Homes Grant?

As some homeowners have found out the hard way, there are a number of home improvements that don’t qualify for reimbursement through the Green Homes Grant. As a general rule, the government’s new scheme only covers heating, a category that MVHR doesn’t strictly fall within. Just a few examples of energy-efficient home improvements that aren’t included are:

 

  • Solar panels
  • Roof insulation
  • MVHR systems

 

What makes this so confusing to those of us in the industry is that MVHR systems are one of the most energy-efficient technologies available. So, should you opt for an MVHR system despite not being able to claim the grant? Or instead, choose one of the included technologies and take advantage of the lower investment cost?

 

MVHR VS. Air Source Heating - Which Is Right For You?

While MVHR isn’t available using Green Homes Grant funding, air source heating is. If you’re struggling to decide which is the best option for your home, here are a few things to consider.


 

MVHR

  • Provides fresh filtered air
  • Extracts stale air
  • Retains up to 90% of existing heat


 

Air Source Heat Pump

  • Uses outside air to create hot water
  • Can supply radiators with heat
  • Can heat your water


 

As you can see, these two technologies work in very different ways, but both are energy-efficient ways to create a warmer home. While an air source heat pump is a greener way to power your radiators and hot water than traditional methods, it won’t benefit your air quality. Meanwhile, an MVHR system provides fresh air circulation and retains the heat in your home. 

 

For the majority of homeowners, MVHR offers better value for money, even when you take into account the government subsidy. For anyone considering improving their home’s heating, we’d highly recommend considering an MVHR system in tandem with a modern heating solution such as underfloor heating. 

 

Get in touch with iClimate Solutions on 020 3198 1101 today to discuss your options.