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Sick Building Syndrome

Sick Building Syndrome refers to allergic disorder and illness symptoms which occurs in certain buildings and rooms. This syndrome can lead to chronic illness, asthma, allergies and different types of sickness. The cause has been found to be connected to condensation and mould, dust mite, bacteria and viruses, and lack of adequate ventilation that exists in well insulated houses.

The Problem:

Condensation & Mould;

The biggest problem with condensation is the growth of black mould which can be very hazardous to our health. The condensation is caused by the moisture which is generated within a highly insulated building with no route to exit.

Dust Mites;

Dust mites are little creatures that live in our bedding and feed off our skin. Human beings lose dead skin all the time and as we spend on average a third of our lives in bed the skin is left in the bedding. Over 80% of asthmatics are allergic to house dust mite droppings.

Viruses and bacteria;

These can spread in the air and no matter where you go you could get infected.

The solution:

“A heat recovery ventilation unit”:

This system usually consists of a unit sited in an airing / service cupboard or in a loft. Inside the unit, one motor continually extracts the stale moist air from wet area’s of the house like the kitchen, bathroom or utility room via ducting. The air is then passed through a heat exchanger which draws off the residual heat before the stale air is sent out into the atmosphere. At the same time, fresh cold air is drawn into the unit from the outside and as it passes through the system the heat is returned to it and transferred into habitable rooms without any cross contamination of the airflow.

The system is designed to remove the excess moisture from the house and as it flows the air through filtration there is always constant clean, fresh and hygienic air in the house.

The system helps to reduce:

Not only does this system provide comfortable heating and constant fresh air, it also produces considerable saving in terms of heat energy.

We spend most of our lives in our houses. If you wish to give yourself and your family a clean healthy environment to live and also help our planet, you should consider a Heat Recovery Unit with fresh Exhaust air system for your house.

“Do remember, Natural/Renewable Energy saves you money”

Please Note: The videos above are just to give you some ideas and all the contents included may not relate to your individual project.

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