With a growing body of research pointing to the health implications of poor indoor air quality (IAQ) in our homes, leading British ventilation manufacturer Vent-Axia has set the benchmark for high-level filtration with the launch of the Vent-Axia Pure Air.
Designed specifically to answer the needs of the new build residential market, this indoor air quality filtration system has been developed to work in conjunction with Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) units to offer the ideal indoor environment.
MVHR not only extracts harmful pollutants but also allows the air coming into the home to be filtered, taking out harmful airborne bacteria and dangerous contaminants. The Vent-Axia Pure Air filter then goes one step further to improve IAQ, working with the MVHR system, it is fitted to the intake airflow and incorporates two types of filtration—activated carbon and G4/F7 particulate filters to achieve even higher levels of filtration.
Offering housebuilders a choice of filtration to suit the application, the Vent-Axia Pure Air is available with G4 or F7 particle filters. G4 filters can remove up to 90 per cent of the PM10 particles in the air, including some bacteria, most pollens and many types of industrial dust. Meanwhile, the finer F7 filters are ideal for inner city areas with heavy traffic since they remove up to 80 per cent of the tiny PM2.5 particles, this includes fine diesel particulates.
Meanwhile, enhanced activated carbon filtration removes unpleasant odours and harmful gases such as Nitrogen Dioxide (NO²). In urban areas vehicles are responsible for approximately 99 per cent of Nitrogen Dioxide pollution. High levels of NO² can cause respiratory problems and increased incidences of asthma. The Vent-Axia Pure Air therefore filters incoming air, helping to meet World Health Organisation guides for NO².
Ian Mitchell, Product Marketing Manager, New Build Residential, said:
“Indoor air quality is rising up the agenda for housebuilders. This is due to a combination of changes to local construction legislation which puts the responsibility on developers to ensure air to dwellings is filtered to increasingly higher standards and recent IAQ research which has led to increased awareness among homebuyers of the health issues connected with poor indoor air quality in the home. The Vent-Axia Pure Air is designed to give both housebuilders and homebuyers peace of mind by helping provide a healthy indoor environment.”
Designed to improve IAQ in a wide range of new build buildings the Vent-Axia Pure Air is available in different sizes for use in properties from small apartments to large offices. The size of the filtration system needed is determined by the required airflow of each application. Plus the Vent-Axia Pure Air also has a range of rectangular and round spigot options, including combinations of both to offer unique versatility at the point of installation. The filter unit can be installed vertically or horizontally to optimise available space and fit a multitude of MHVR configurations, this makes the filtration system accessible to wider range of applications.
The Vent-Axia Pure Air provides high-level filtration levels with the particle filters conforming to EN 779 and combined with specially formulated gas filters help meet IAQ levels conforming to EU Directive 2008/50/EC. In addition, the Vent-Axia Pure Air is designed to improve indoor air quality and comfort for occupiers and so external noise is attenuated as it passes through the unit thus reducing induct noise and helping to achieve specified sound levels in dwellings.
A raft of research has recently reported the importance of good IAQ and how the nation’s health is dependent on it. Earlier this year the Royal College of Physicians published the report ‘Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution’ revealing how air quality affects health and it has been proven that poor IAQ is a particular health risk. Since this report, consumers have become increasingly conscious of the need for better IAQ.
Meanwhile, ‘The Future of Indoor Air Quality in UK Homes and its Impact on Health’, a report by Professor Hazim Awbi’s at the University of Reading, forecasts that asthma could double by 2050 due to increasingly air-tight homes. It also found that indoor pollutant levels could increase beyond World Health Organisation recommended limits. The research cites MVHR as the most cost-effective solution for achieving an energy efficient air exchange rate and a healthy environment for building occupants.
For further information on all products and services offered by Vent-Axia telephone 0844 856 0590.