What is Heat Recovery?

The homes and buildings we live and work in have become more air tight with the drive to be cleaner and greener. This coupled with the use of more man made synthetic materials within the enclosed space with their resultant pollutants, has reduced the quality of the indoor air we breath.

Due to the more airtight dwellings being build MVHR is becoming a very popular ventilation option. The system is only as good as the design and install so Vortice has put together a 10 point MVHR checklist for installers and contractors to go through to ensure they are installing the correct system.  

1. The Idea

It is important that heat recovery is thought about at the pre design stage and consideration is given to the location of the heat recovery unit (preferably within the heated envelope of the dwelling) It is also important to think about the allowance and size of ducting to run through the structure of the dwelling both parallel and perpendicular to joists.

2. The Design 

Vortice would require drawings (sent to ) in Autocad 2016 format. These drawings need to include sections elevations. It is also a good idea to inform Vortice at this stage about the location of unit and risers.

3. Planning Restrictions?

Vortice needs to be advised of any design or install restrictions you may have so Vortice can work with you to create the best possible design.

4. Choosing the Unit

Vortice calculates the most appropriate unit for the property in compliance with the current local regulations. There is a wide range of heat recovery units from our Vort HR 200 BP which is suited to smaller apartments, to our Vort Avel which can be used for larger dwellings. All units have a 100% fully filtered bypass to ensure a constant supply of fresh filtered air.

 5. Choosing the Ducting

Vortice would choose the most appropriate ducting in relation to the available space and duty required, ensuring the resistance as low as possible to achieve maximum efficiency. There is a variety of ducting options available including a self-seal range which gives an airtight seal and is easy to install.

6. Controls

All heat recovery units come with a wired electronic controller which displays the unit status and also when filters require changing. There are additional options to add humidity and PIR sensors if required.

7. The Vortice Package

Vortice would provide the customer with a complete design. Drawing includes duct routes, a design key and airflows required. Vortice also would provide the customer with a full room by room quotation and bill of quantities. A covering letter will be sent, which details any specific project notes.

8. Order and Deliver

When it is time to get ordering the sales team will ensure a smooth delivery and can offer a next day delivery.

9. Install

The install is crucial to the successful implementation of the ventilation system. Vortice offers a BPEC training course to educate installers on the install of the unit and ducting to ensure scheme compliance.

10. Completion

Now you are ready to go! Your home is fully equipped with a compliant ventilation system and you can enjoy fresh and filtered air throughout your home. Tag @vorticelimited in your projects on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Have you changed your filters? REMEMBER to maintain your heat recovery unit by ensuring the filters are cleaned every 3 months and replaced every 12 months. Purchase your filters online today!

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