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So you’ve just decided to purchase a Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) system or have bought new extractor fans for your bathroom, kitchen or toilet. Whilst you’ve found the ideal product for your home, have you considered how it’s going to be installed or by whom?
If your system isn’t installed correctly, then there is the risk that you won’t get the flow rates that you would otherwise receive from your product. Over time, this means that the indoor air pollutants, which otherwise would be removed from your office or home, build-up over time. The effect of these pollutants building-up is two-fold: they damage the fabric of the building and negatively impact your health and wellbeing.
If the ventilation system is correctly installed, then system removes the excess moisture, which is created from everyday living from the property. However, if it doesn’t meet the minimum flow rates, the fabric of your property is at risk from damp and mould developing. In turn, this can cause costly damage to your home, which can prove to be extremely expensive to rectify.
Your health and wellbeing are seriously at risk should you use a poorly installed ventilation system in your home or office. Poor indoor air has been found to worsen concentration and productivity levels and even cause a bad night’s sleep. In the worst cases, it has been found to cause allergies and respiratory issues.
With your health at stake, and indoor air quality containing up to 900 different pollutants, why would you risk in not having the best ventilation system possible for your family?
You should always consider using an NICEIC approved installer that has undertaken the Competent Persons Ventilation Installer Training Scheme. The reason for this is they will fully understand how to correctly install, commission and test any ventilation system outlined in Approved Document Part of the Building Regulations.
Not only this, you will be protected by NICEIC’s Platinum Promise, which covers remedial work up to £25,000 should the installation not be safe or in line with the Regulations.
You should also encourage your ventilation installer to use a powered flow meter to measure your ventilation system, as a powered flow meter is a more accurate means of measuring air flow rates.