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A heat recovery ventilator maintains good indoor air quality, replacing stale indoor air with fresh air from outside. A quality HRV system in your home or office will conserve energy and make it a healthier, comfier place to spend time. Black Forest Plumbing provides heat recovery ventilator installation, maintenance and repair services for residential and commercial customers in Newmarket, Aurora, East Gwilimbury and the GTA.


As a locally owned and operated company, we pride ourselves on personalized, on-time service and competitive rates. Contact us today to learn if an HRV system is right for you.

What is an HRV?

Modern buildings have efficiency features that make them more airtight than in the past. But that means your indoor air can get stale and stuffy. Opening windows only allows heated or cooled air to escape. A heat recovery ventilator works to remove stale indoor air and bring in fresh outdoor air without losing any efficiency. In fact, an HRV system can help lower your energy bills.

How Does an HRV Work?

A heat recovery ventilator is typically installed in an attic or on the roof of a residential or commercial building. The system simultaneously removes warm stale indoor air from your inside and brings in cool fresh air from outside. The indoor and outdoor air travel through independent tubes, so they never mix.


As the stale air moves out, a heat exchanger sucks the heat from the indoor air and uses it to pre-warm the fresh, incoming air. It does the opposite in summer to keep cool air inside. That means less pressure on your furnace and air conditioner.

Do I Need an HRV System?

There are many benefits to installing a heat recovery ventilator:

  • Improved indoor air quality. An HRV brings in fresh air but also expels pollutants, including allergens, bacteria, mould, odours and household chemicals.

  • Better humidity control. An HRV removes excess moisture during the heating season to help control humidity levels in your home or office.

  • Lower energy bills. An HRV system can improve the efficiency of your heating system, recycling up to 90 per cent of the heat from your indoor air. Your HVAC system won’t have to work as hard, and you’ll see lower energy bills.

HRV Maintenance

Like any HVAC appliance, a heat recovery ventilator will work best if properly and regularly maintained. Follow these tips:

  • Schedule annual servicing by an accredited HVAC professional.

  • Clean your unit and filter every one to three months.

A Black Forest Plumbing technician can clean and inspect your HVAC system and make any adjustments and necessary repairs.

HRV Repair

If your HRV system stops working, you can try these troubleshooting tips before calling a professional.

  • Check the electrical panel for a tripped breaker. Reset the breaker and try to operate the unit. If it trips the breaker again, you may have an electrical problem, and it’s time to call an HVAC expert.

  • If the airflow is low, check the filters for dirt buildup and clogs. If the filters are clean, call a pro.

  • Check the condensate drain for blocks and sediment buildup. Ensure the drain tube isn’t kinked and facing downward.

Why Choose Black Forest Plumbing?

Here are just some of the reasons why businesses and homeowners in the GTA choose Black Forest Plumbing:

  • Our work comes with a one-year labour guarantee.

  • We offer after-hours emergency services and are on call to respond to your HVAC and plumbing needs 24/7.

  • We offer flexible monthly payment plans, so purchasing an HRV system for your home is more affordable than ever.

Heat Recovery Ventilator Installation and Repair in the GTA

Count on Black Forest Plumbing to install your HRV system and to keep it in peak condition. Our technicians are experienced and certified to install any home comfort system, including furnaces and humidifiers. We provide timely, affordable service to homes and businesses in the Greater Toronto Area. Contact us today with all your questions about HRV systems.



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