Why mechanical ventilation with heat recovery systems should come as standard

Posted 09 November 2015

Have you ever considered the air quality in your home? Were you aware that your place of residence could have a detrimental impact on your respiratory health? According to a report prepared on behalf of BEAMA, poor air quality could see an astonishing 80% increase in the number of asthma sufferers in the UK, should building regulations fail to be tightened.

The UK government has a legal commitment to an 80 per cent carbon reduction by 2050, but for this to be achieved homes need to become more air tight to meet energy regulations. Unfortunately, the solution isn’t as simple as blocking up a few draughts. And reducing the flow of air in and out of a property brings with it a number of other considerations.

Without a suitable ventilation system, an airtight home would quickly see a build up of moist stale air containing odours and pollutants – a factor which can be damaging for our health. At the top of the list of ailments associated with poor air quality is asthma – a disease that already affects 5.4million people in the UK. In addition, air pollution has been closely linked to lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, airborne respiratory infections and cardiovascular disease.

According to experts, current building regulations are not sufficient for tackling the effects of indoor air pollution and that such a negative air environment could see a huge increase in the number of asthma suffers over the next 35 years. 

 

The Answer: Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery

Mechanical ventilation systems with heat recovery (MVHR) are designed to ensure both the quality of the air and the energy efficiency of a home.

An MVHR system will continuously extract the warm, moist air from rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms, through a concealed duct system. The air is passed through a heat exchanger then outside, whilst simultaneously drawing fresh air back into the home via the heat exchanger. This temperate air can then be ducted to the living rooms and bedrooms.

By having an MVHR system installed in your home, not only do you and your family reap the health benefits, but it is also extremely energy efficient too.

At Trivselhus by Esh, we build our homes with MVHR’s as standard. If you want to learn how you could live more energy efficiently, or to find out about what a Trivselhus by Esh home could mean for you, contact us today on 07970 954 936.

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