a Health­ier Home

Is this new piece of ven­ti­la­tion kit the se­cret to a healthy ur­ban home? David Hil­ton be­lieves it is

Homebuilding & Renovating - - NEWS -

Many homes suf­fer from poor air qual­ity. As we make them more ef­fi­cient, we also trap stale air and pol­lu­tants in the build­ing. In the quest for a health­ier in­door en­vi­ron­ment we then ex­tract the stale air and bring ‘fresh’ air in from out­side.

But just how fresh is this air? If you are near a road or other sources of air pol­lu­tion, you may need a car­bon fil­ter on your ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem to en­sure that the air is in­deed fresh.

Un­til now, car­bon fil­ters have only been used with me­chan­i­cal ven­ti­la­tion sys­tems, which are ducted to and from each room in a new build prop­erty. Retrofitting th­ese sys­tems into ex­ist­ing dwellings is not only dif­fi­cult and highly in­tru­sive but also very dis-

rup­tive. Over 45 years ago, Nuaire de­vel­oped Pos­i­tive In­put Ven­ti­la­tion (PIV) to tar­get the retro­fit mar­ket. PIV is a rel­a­tively low cost unit that is cen­trally lo­cated in the loft area and has an air out­let usu­ally in the hall­way or land­ing ceil­ing.

Air is drawn from the loft area and gently blown into the house to cre­ate a slight pos­i­tive pres­sure. The pos­i­tive pres­sure then pushes the stale air and pol­lu­tants out of the prop­erty through nat­u­ral pas­sages in the fabric of the build­ing.

Nuaire has now added a car­bon fil­ter to a PIV unit (called the Nox­mas­ter), which means that any ur­ban home with a loft can have a car­bon fil­ter ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem in­stalled.

The car­bon fil­ter re­moves up to 99.5% of NOX and up to 75% of PM2.5. The man­u­fac­turer says that the car­bon fil­ter also re­moves other harm­ful gases pro­duced by traf­fic emis­sions, in­clud­ing sul­phur diox­ide, hy­dro­car­bons and volatile or­ganic com­pounds (VOCs), help­ing to clean up the in­door air and pro­tect the long-term health of the oc­cu­pants.

The car­bon fil­ter ad­di­tion to the PIV unit now en­sures that in­door air re­ally is fresh and the home is healthy for those liv­ing in it.

“The car­bon fil­ter also re­moves other harm­ful gases pro­duced by traf­fic emis­sions, help­ing to clean up the in­door air and pro­tect the long-term health of the oc­cu­pants”

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