Since the start of the pandemic, we have been spending more time at home, leading to increased noise pollution.
Ventilation doesn’t need to add to these noise levels, with near silent options now available. This is good for both our ears and wellbeing, as sustained noise can have an adverse effect on our health.
Noise Action Week, co-ordinated by Environmental Protection UK, raises the profile of unhealthy noise and its impact on our health. With many people using their homes and gardens to entertain, Noise Action Week is reminding everyone to be aware of when and where they are making noise.
– increased stress levels
– sleep disturbance
– cardiovascular disease
The Chief Medical Officer’s 2017 Annual Report ‘Health Impacts of all Pollution’ confirms the effects of noise pollution, stating: ‘Noise stands second to poor air quality in terms of the burden of ill health caused by a single pollutant.’
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization claims increased exposure to noise can lead to cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment and negative effects on sleep.
With the health implications of noise very clear, making a quiet home environment is even more vital. With many people actively seeking out quieter alternatives for many home items, Vent-Axia recommends seven steps to choosing quiet ventilation.
– looking for third-party accreditation
– selecting the right size
– choosing high efficiency motors
– silent scheduling
– avoiding nuisance running
– where to site a fan
Lena Hebestreit, Marketing Manager at Vent-Axia, comments: “We are delighted to be supporting Noise Action Week once again. There are many benefits of silence and quiet ventilation helps create a peaceful environment, which leads to a healthy and happy mind and home.
“Vent-Axia leads the way in silent-fan design with both our Silent Fan and Lo-Carbon Svara awarded a Quiet Mark again for 2021. To properly unwind and relax, it’s vital to surround yourself with silence in your home.
“So, this year we are sharing seven steps to silence including how to select and site an extractor fan to help create tranquillity in your bathroom.”
Independent third-party accreditation is essential in finding products that are as quiet as they claim to be. Offering a solution to noisy extract fans, Vent-Axia’s Lo-Carbon Svara and Silent Fan have been awarded the Quiet Mark.
This is the independent global certification programme associated with the UK Noise Abatement Society charitable foundation, which identifies the quietest products and provides reliable and independent information about the sound a product makes with the primary focus to improve health and wellbeing.
Vent-Axia’s innovative Silent Fan is ideal for refurbishment projects and is the quietest intermittent fan available, operating at just 14dB(A).
Offering ‘visual’ silence as well as acoustic silence, with simple, clean lines and an attractive slimline fascia that looks like a bathroom tile it ensures is unobtrusive for households who can relax in comfort, free from noise-related stress.
Meanwhile the highly sophisticated Lo-Carbon Svara ensures quiet, disturbance free running with good indoor air quality and comfort.
Easy and flexible to install and maintain, it offers a range of features that avoid nuisance running, a clever light sensor that recognises room occupancy and an effective humidistat, which reacts to sharp changes in humidity.
Other low noise options include Vent-Axia’s Lo-Carbon Revive, which meets the specific needs of the social housing sector. It provides good indoor air quality and comfort for residents, while installation is quick, easy, low maintenance and reliable.
Revive’s innovative Multi-Vortex™ technology has a high-pressure hybrid impellor that is powerful and efficient, yet quiet.
And for the new build sector the Sentinel Kinetic Advance Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) offers exceptional efficiency, near silent operation, high pressure development and improved indoor air quality.
Featuring trickle settings of up to 40% that still stay below 20dB(A), the Advance boasts a specific fan power (SFP) as low as 0.38W/l/s, combined with up to 93% heat recovery. This in line with Product Characteristics Database (PCDB) data. It also has a high-pressure airflow of 100l/s at 150Pa. Maximised airflows and minimised noise and energy are achieved through cutting-edge EC motor and highly sculpted interiors.
For further information on low noise ventilation, visit https://www.vent-axia.com/refurbishments/low-noise-ventilation. For further information on all products and services offered by Vent-Axia telephone 0344 856 0590 or visit www.vent-axia.com.
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