Lo-Carbon Revive 7 fans from leading British ventilation manufacturer, Vent-Axia, are proving crucial in a social housing disrepair case.
The fans are part of an extensive renovation of a social housing property, to alleviate condensation and mould issues. Yet the problems did not subside. Thanks to the fans’ datalogging ability, it has been proven that they were tampered with by the resident. This data is proving vital in protecting the landlord from prosecution.
This property’s old extract ventilation in the kitchen and bathroom had both undergone an upgrade – to the award-winning Lo-Carbon Revive 7 fan. This was to tackle the condensation and mould issue.
When onsite, a Vent-Axia surveyor made a note of excessive condensation and mould in both the bathroom and kitchen. Therefore, it checked both ventilation units using its unique lock system and datalogging capabilities.
The discovery was although it was over twelve months since installation, they had only been on for 12 days each.
Without this datalogging capability, the landlord could have faced court action from the resident. This for failing to provide a habitable home. However, with this information, the landlord can now prove they are not at fault.
Pete White, Vent-Axia’s Social Housing Director (North), comments: “Condensation and mould can be a major issue but, with effective ventilation, it can be successfully tackled. However, if this ventilation is turned off or tampered with, it cannot do its job.
“Residents often turn off a fan due to the perceived costs of running a fan when, in fact, it costs just as little as 3p per week to run a Revive fan.
“In this case, the landlord had chosen our Revive 7 fan thanks to its datalogging capability.”
“It goes to show that, in the face of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act, providing residents with the best products and solutions to help tackle condensation and mould issues is not always enough.”
The Lo-Carbon Revive is a high-pressure hybrid impellor fan designed to meet the specific needs of social housing. Boasting powerful, quiet, efficient ventilation, Revive provides good indoor air quality and comfort for residents.
As well as this, it is quick and easy to install, low maintenance and reliable.
Highly versatile, the Revive offers a choice of run speeds for multiple installation options and can be ducted or through the wall. Specification is easy.
Revive is low maintenance since its market-leading Multi-Vortex™ technology meet a high-pressure hybrid impellor and highly sculpted interior. This actively repels dust and avoiding clogging, which helps to avoid call backs. Revive also boasts reliability, backed by up to seven years’ warranty.
Featuring Smart Sense™ intelligent technology, Revive is quick and easy to install with the fan featuring a simple alpha numeric LED display which is clear and easy to read and a three-button menu for commissioning and data gathering. Smart Sense™ technology even tells the LED display which orientation to use. This depends on whether it is wall or ceiling mounted.
Revive’s Smart Sense™ technology also provides real-time data via an intuitive interface to communicate the fan’s energy efficiency so landlords can reassure residents of the low-running costs.
Meanwhile, it features an ambient response humidistat to avoid nuisance tripping, thus increasing resident acceptability. Smart Sense™ also allows multiple configurations so the fan can meet the needs of the property and the resident.
Revive also features a Day Logger, which tracks how many days a fan has been running to ensure it is used as it should be. Landlords can also use the Day Logger to track energy use and see how many days a fan has been on humidity boost mode, pull cord boost mode, or trickle.
This information can help build a profile of resident activity and aids landlords in investigating humidity problems. This allows landlords to work with residents to ensure a healthy indoor environment.
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