New Vortice product improvements impact on indoor air quality

  • 24 Aug 2015

Heat recovery units

Vortice new HR250 Neti heat recovery unit

Recent research suggests that there are four key areas which are of greatest importance to architects, specifiers and developers:

  • high thermal efficiency
  • low noise emissions
  • low specific fan power
  • ease of installation

These features were all built into the design of both new MVHR units launched by Vortice this year including the new HR250 Neti.

Focus on indoor air quality

For decades, the indoor air that we breathe has been taken for granted however with new builds becoming more airtight reducing indoor air pollutants is becoming more important.

Vortice General Manager Kevin Hippey: “Europeans spend at least 90% of their time indoors, so their exposure to air pollutants largely depends on their indoor exposure. These pollutants include volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), gases such as nitrogen dioxide, ozone and carbon monoxide, particulate matter and fibres, and biological particles such as bacteria, fungi and pollen.  The Clean Air Act of 1956 largely dealt with severe exterior air quality issues but attention now needs to focus on the air that we breathe inside our homes.”

Pollutant sources include outdoor contaminants from traffic and industry, which enter buildings by infiltration and through ventilation systems.

Indoor contaminants include burning fuels, candles, tobacco, cleaning products, electronic equipment, toiletries and pets.

The pollutants impact on health depend on their toxicity, concentration and exposure period and range from odour to irritation to serious toxic effects.

The 2006 revision of the Building Regulations concerning ventilation (ADF) set performance criteria for several air pollutants, including VOCs, nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide.

New Vortice MVHR units impact on indoor air quality

Both new Vortice MVHR units include filtration on the supply side of the MVHR system to try to prevent as many external pollutants as possible from entering the home. 

Properties in inner cities are particularly vulnerable to these, with high volumes of traffic or industry close by. 

Vortice offers a range of filter options with both MVHR units in order to remove small particulates. 

To find out more about the family of heat recovery systems from Vortice visit the website via the link below. 

Contact:

Vortice,
Beeches House,
Eastern Avenue,
Burton on Trent,
Staffordshire,
DE13 0BB,
United Kindom
 
Phone: 01283 492949
Fax: 01283 544121

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