Heat/energy recovery ventilators

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Buy ENERGY STAR® to save you money!

An ENERGY STAR certified heat recovery ventilator (HRV) uses less energy, on average, than a standard model. Saving energy saves money and reduces your carbon footprint.

As new and existing homes become increasingly more airtight, the need for fresh air can be attained by installing an HRV. Not only will it bring in fresh air, but it will also eliminate many of the pollutants in your home and recover the heat/cooling from the indoor air as it exits your home. Energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) also help improve indoor air quality. ERVs can also transfer moisture and so affect indoor humidity.

Key features

Heat/energy recovery ventilators
  • Offer better controls, as well as improved air quality when compared to standard models.

Start your research using the product list to find and compare ENERGY STAR certified heat/energy recovery ventilators.

HRVs and ERVs with electric resistance heaters are not eligible for ENERGY STAR.

Helpful tips

  • Arrange for annual servicing. Your HRV should undergo annual general servicing by a contractor who is accredited by the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) and is familiar with your HRV. If possible, have your furnace and HRV serviced at the same time. This will reduce the inconvenience and cost of two service visits.
  • Keep your unit clean to keep it operating efficiently. Clean or replace the air filters every 1-3 months, inspect the core twice a year, clean the duct grilles when dusty or greasy, and check the condensate drain and tubing twice a year. Consult your owner’s manual for detailed instructions.
  • Learn more about HRV units in our booklet, Heat Recovery Ventilators


All ENERGY STAR certified products are tested to meet strict efficiency specifications and are certified by an independent third party. They perform the same as or better than standard products without compromising performance in any way.

The ENERGY STAR name and symbol are administered and promoted in Canada by Natural Resources Canada and are registered in Canada by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.