Returning to the public washroom

Do you feel safe in public washrooms post-pandemic?

VORTICE believes one of the main factors in reducing the spread of COVID-19 is sanitisation. The main element in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in public washrooms is by means of using antibacterial gel, soap dispensers and hand dryers. During the pandemic many reports and analyses have been completed on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 and there are two key findings:

The first is how important it is to wash your hands. Results have shown that nearly 95% of adults did not wash long enough to thoroughly clean bacteria and viruses from their hands. (See related article here: Proper Handwashing — and Drying — Is the No. 1 Way to Prevent Spread of Contagious Disease!)

The second is the importance of ensuring the hands are dried correctly. Studies have suggested that on average people have spent 22.5 seconds drying their hands and 45% of people have simply dried their hands on clothing to finish drying! (This is how many germs are lurking in YOUR bathroom, and you’ll be horrified at the dirtiest spot)

The World Health Organisation says:

To protect yourself against the new coronavirus, you should frequently clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Once your hands are cleaned, you should dry them thoroughly by using paper towels or a warm air hand dryer. 

VORTICE understands the importance of hygiene in the public washroom and offers the following products:

The S+G soap dispenser which allows the user to adjust the specified amount of soap and gel thus allowing no touching of the unit. There is also the VORT Super Dry which includes a UV germicidal lamp which not only dries but also sanitises the hands to ensure maximum hygiene and safety for the user.

The new UVLOGIKA environmental sanitiser lamp effectively disinfects surfaces.

Tests have shown that in just 8 minutes of exposure, 99% of bacteria and viruses tested and present on a surface located 2 metres from the lamp were eliminated (COVID-19).

The main element we can take from the mass of findings relating to COVID-19 is that many public washrooms are probably safer now than in pre pandemic days. Washing your hands and drying hands is paramount to stop the spread (NHS have detailed information on how to wash hands effectively – see here https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/) however having the correct product range within the public washroom is also fundamental.

The VORTICE air solutions brochure can be found here Air Solutions Brochure 

The BD Range of Low Pressure Centrifugal Fans

BD Series of low pressure centrifugal fans

The forward curved double inlet centrifugal fans are commonly known in the industry as “Inch Blowers” as the impeller is nominally dimensioned by diameter and length: (E.g. the BD- 10/08 has a nominal 10 inch diameter and 8 inch long impeller)

The BD series of forward curved centrifugal fans construction is of a galvanised steel scroll with the impeller in sizes 7/7, 9/9,10/10 and 12/12 and each is produced from Polyamide reinforced with glass fibre with larger sizes in galvanised steel.

The fan/motor are rated to IP55 protection for dust and water ingress. Incorporated into the fan construction are anti-vibration pads which are used on the motor and on the arms to the side plate of the scroll to avoid any vibration and to enable full compliance with “ROHS regulations 2002/95/EC (Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment) .

As standard the BD Fan range is speed controllable by voltage variation, and our REGA range of speed controllers is available on request. Outlet flanges are also available if required.

Product Range

The range is produced in AC voltages, (single phase in 7/7, to 10/10 size, the 12/9 and 12/12 is available in single and 3 phase finally the BD15/15 is 3 phase only) temperature rated to 50C for the single-phase fans and 60C for the 3 phase options.

There is also a range of electronically commuted (EC) BD products called the BD EEC range. This range can run above synchronous speed, dependent on the model at up to 2000rpm to provide higher pressure and airflow for a given size AC equivalent. Speed controllable by either 0-10V DC or PWM (Pulse Width Modification) they also provide an energy efficient solution.

Applications

The BD fan series is used in diverse settings including:

  • Attenuated cabinet fans
  • Air handling units
  • Kitchen ventilation
  • Warm air heaters
  • Special effects for film, television and market
  • Inflatable products and buildings

The range is now available to purchase online here.

We would be happy to work alongside you for specific applications and to work together to produce a fan to the requirements of the installation. Should you want to know more about the ranges of industrial fans we offer, please download our product catalogue or email casals@vortice.ltd.uk.

Making your home healthier with Heat Recovery Ventilation

Making your home healthier with Heat Recovery Ventilation

Did you know that the average person spends 90% of their time indoors and indoor air can be up to 50 times more polluted than outdoor air?

VORTICE offers a whole collection of heat recovery units specifically designed to assist with good air quality and filtration whilst ensuring the best of energy efficiency features. Government advisors have been reiterating the important role that ventilation plays in our health during the recent pandemic and the VORTICE heat recovery systems can certainly impact upon the quality of indoor air in the home.

So what is Heat Recovery?

A continuous mechanical ventilation unit with heat recovery (MVHR) (often referred to as a domestic heat exchanger) is usually positioned in a loft or cupboard space. An integral heat exchanger sends warm fresh air to the ‘dry’ rooms (living room, bedrooms etc.) via duct work and extracts the stale warm moist air from ‘wet’ rooms (bathrooms, kitchen, en-suites etc.) through a second set of duct work.

This will however only work if your home is suitable, and by suitable VORTICE means that the building needs to be well insulated and as airtight as possible. The fewer air leaks in the fabric of your home, the better the heat recovery unit will work.

What are the benefits of Heat Recovery?

MVHR is becoming a very popular ventilation option for many homes due to the air tightness of new dwellings. There are a raft of benefits to installing an MVHR unit but these can only be achieved when the installation has been carried out correctly. Here are some of the benefits of installing an MVHR unit:

  1. Cost savings
  2. Lowering heating bills
  3. Creating a fresh air path throughout your home
  4. Eliminating excess moisture out of the building

“In many homes, installing an MVHR system has major benefits. MVHR will supply your home with fresh air while also recovering heat that is usually lost and creating a healthier living environment as well as savings on your heating bills” – Jennifer Quinn Marketing Manager

Design and Install

VORTICE has put together a 10 point MVHR checklist for installers and contractors to go through to ensure the system is being installed correctly. Check out the MVHR checklist here

Whilst it is important to have a unit that is incredibly efficient, the system is only as good as the design and installation. Without these crucial elements the unit may fail and become ineffective, resulting in costs to repair.

Filtration

MVHR systems require 2 filters (1 for intake and 1 for extract). These filters protect the system’s heat exchanger and fans from blocking up with dust and other airborne particles and debris. This results in a significant improvement in the internal air quality of a home. 

VORTICE offers different grades of filters which capture particles of different sizes. It is imperative the filters are cleaned every 3 months and replaced every 12 months to ensure optimal performance of the system.

Industrial Fans with EC Technology

Industrial Fans with EC Technology

VORTICE are continuing their development process on their existing product range of axial and centrifugal fans including, material handling, smoke rated and ATEX. VORTICE are now pleased now to include in their range a new series of EC Plug fans produced by VORTICE group company Casals Ventilation.

What is EC Terminology

What does EC stand for?

It means Electronically Commutated combining AC and DC Voltages. The motor is essentially a brush less DC motor and the technology onboard the fan provides the ability to supply the fan with an AC supply. The onboard electronics transforms and rectifies this to the DC supply that drives the permanent magnet external rotor motor .

EC External Motor Technology

  • The external rotor design allows for a compact design. The EC external motor is driven by a brush less DC motor with permanent magnets included in the rotor body and the electronics are housed in the stator and incorporate hall effect sensor .
  • The Fan is AC 230V single phase input and the three phase 400V 50/60Hz

ENKLEFAN EC RANGE

The ENKLEFAN EC range incorporates 6 sizes in single and three phase input offering a control by 0-10V or PWM (Plus width modulation)

The Enkelfan EC range offers

  • 100% speed control and can provide a constant volume etc dependent on the system requirement and can be controlled by either 0-10V DAC or PWM signal
  • Airflow from 450m3/h to 7000m3/h and Pressure to 550 Pascals with diameters up to 450mm
  • Fully assembled construction with inlet ring and mounting arms to provide an ease of installation in an efficient out of the box product
  • Temperature operating range from -20c to 60c

Applications Include

  • Refrigeration
  • Air filtration
  • Air handling units
  • Air Purifiers
  • Replacement of inefficient belt drive fans in air handling units with multiple fans in a wall/grid offering an improved efficient solution and providing redundancy back up etc      

Introduction to the fan ranges for material handling applications

Introduction to the fan ranges for material handling applications

VORTICE Group has announced the purchase of Spanish industrial ventilation company Casals based in Barcelona. The acquisition continues the VORTICE Group’s strategy to develop its product portfolio across all aspects of ventilation, from domestic to commercial, air handling to industrial. The products will be sold under Casals brand name and its product portfolio added to the lines that VORTICE can offer to the UK market.

Casals offers a wide range of products in the commercial and industrial market including a smoke/jet fan range and certified fans that can deal with high temperatures of up to 400 ºC. VORTICE have also employed a new sales team with extensive product knowledge who will be able to assist with technical specification and sales queries.

Our team is delighted that this acquisition will enable us to satisfy even greater specialisms within the ventilation industry, growing our reach well beyond our traditional domestic ventilation range.”

The AA/PR product range of high-pressure material handling fans incorporates the following:

  • Straight bladed impeller.
  • The scroll is a fully welded steel construction with a polyester powder finishing coat.
  • IP55 protection motor class F in 230/400V 50Hz.
  • 3 phase for motor power up to 4kW and 400/690V 50Hz for motors above this power.
  • Airflows from 2900m3/h to 5100m3/h with pressures of up to 7300 Pa.
  • Air handling temperature up to 130ºC and suitable for use in ambient conditions up to 60ºC.
  • LG270 standard handing orientation.

The MBZM P/R product range of medium pressure material handling fans incorporates the following:

  • Fan made of Fe360 sheet.
  • Fully welded reinforced housing ,
  • The fan paint finish is based on a Qualicoat polyester powder coating stoved at 200ºC.
  • The impeller is a straight bladed , painted finish to withstand up to 300ºC.
  • IP55 class motor, F230/400V 50Hz up to 4kW and 400/690 50Hz for higher powers.
  • Standard orientation LG270.
  • It allows adjusting the orientation locally from models 220 to 630. Models sizes from 710 to 1000 size the orientation is fixed.
  • Maximum working temperature: carried air: 130ºC, ambient: 60ºC.
  • Large airflow range from 870m3/h to 42120m3/h and pressure to 42000m3/h and pressure more than 4000 Pa.

The MB P/R range of medium pressure centrifugal fans incorporates the following.

  • Steel scroll is fully welded and reinforced.
  • Impeller is straight bladed produced in stainless steel and with a reinforced ring protected with an epoxy powder finished coating.
  • Motors are IP-55 class F 230/400V 50hz up to 4KW, 690 v for larger motor powers
  • Airflows from 2100m3/h to 12500m3/h and pressure to 4000 Pa.
  • LG 270 standard handing

Available on request

  • 2 speed motors
  • High temperature fan, fitted with a cooling impeller up to 250ºC (R/R arrangement)
  • LG 270 handing (other handing in LG and RD are available)

VORTICE would be happy to work alongside you for specific applications and to work together to produce a fan to the requirements of the installation. Should you want to know more about the ranges of industrial fans we offer please visit out website at www.vortice.ltd.uk to download our full product catalogue or email casals@vortice.ltd.uk

How to stop the spread of Covid-19 in schools

How to stop the spread of Covid-19 in schools

Keeping our children safe at school is uppermost in the minds of parents, teachers and education leaders – never before have good ventilation and touch free hygiene products been so high on the agenda.

VORTICE believes that there are three fundamental factors to improve the air quality and help to stop the spread of COVID-19 in schools – Ventilation, Purification and Sanitisation which is further backed up by the Government’s recent video showing the importance of ventilation.

It is important to note that not all classrooms have windows that open or it’s not appropriate in the winter to open windows, so ventilation is paramount. VORTICE has a specialised set of ventilation products including single room heat recovery units, supply and extract fans and commercial AHU’s for larger projects to ensure a constant fresh air supply into the classroom.

For schools that are not in a position to build new classrooms from scratch, air purification units are the answer.

VORTICE offers systems like the DEPURO PRO range of air purifiers that retain up to 99.995% of polluting micro particles, which are potential carriers of viruses and bacteria. Models include a version equipped with the technology and tested to effectively kill COVID-19. The EVO models include a photocatalysis UV-C lamp which sanitises the product by removing pollutants, strong odours and micro-organisms.

The VORT SUPER DRY Range is comprised of automatic electric hand dryers with a UV germicidal lamp. The units dry and sanitise the hands without the need to touch anything, ensuring maximum hygiene and safety for the user. The S+G dispensers are automatic non-touch electric dispensers which use soap or antibacterial disinfectant gel.

A hot topic in schools and nurseries is sanitisation, which is crucial for good hygiene. Vortice offers an array of products for the education environment to effectively sanitise and retain a hygienic atmosphere where hand washing takes place.

The UVLOGIKA SYSTEM is a germicidal UV-C lamp, ideal for sanitising and disinfecting surfaces. Its radiation quickly eliminates up to 99% of bacteria, viruses and other pathogens that are deposited on surfaces and is particularly useful in classroom environments.

For more information on all these products download a copy of our Air Solutions Brochure which is dedicated to the school environment

Keeping the air clean in the classroom

Keeping the air clean in the classroom

Children in the UK spend more and more of their lives indoors, and the health impact of the air within our homes and schools must be taken seriously.

The quality of the air we breathe has never been so important as now. With the arrival of COVID-19 we are thinking more about the air we breathe and our surroundings. Although children are said to be less at risk from COVID-19 a joint report by RCPCH and the Royal College of Physicians has found growing evidence that respiratory problems among children may be exacerbated by indoor air pollution in homes, schools and nurseries.

Although there has been much research about outdoor air pollution around schools (a recent article in The Guardian exploring the connection between air pollution particles in young brains linked to Alzheimer’s damage) less has been written about the impact of indoor air pollution inside schools and nurseries.

VORTICE believes that there are three fundamental factors to improve the air quality and help to stop the spread of COVID-19 in schools – Ventilation, Purification and Sanitisation which is further backed up by the governments recent video showing the importance of ventilation. It is important to note that not all classrooms have windows that open or its not appropriate in the winter to open windows so ventilation is paramount in keeping the air fresh and clean. VORTICE has a specialised set of ventilation products including single room heat recovery units, supply and extract fans and commercial AHU’s for larger projects to ensure a constant fresh air supply into the classroom.

The second factor is purification of the air. VORTICE offers systems like the DEPURO PRO air purifier that retain up to 99.995% of polluting micro particles, which are potential carriers of viruses and bacteria.

The third factor is sanitisation. This has been spoken about regularly since the arrival of COVID-19 and VORTICE has an extensive range of products suitable to help stop the spread and maintain optimal health of teachers and pupils within the school.

We all know washing our hands is paramount to stopping the spread.

The new S+G soap dispenser includes a no-touch design and is able to hold either soap or antibacterial gel and the Vort Super Dry hand dryer features a HEPA filter and UV light to further kill bacteria when washing and drying the hands.

VORTICE fundamentally believes that including these types of products within the school will not only improve the air quality but help stop the spread of CO ID-19, creating a healthy environment for pupils and staff.

Ensuring good air quality is key to our future

Ensuring good air quality is key to our future

Not sure you can remember a world pre-Covid? One thing is certain. It is imperative that we look at our indoor environment and ensure it is as clean and free from bacteria and pollutants as possible.

We spend more than 90% of our time indoors and unless we take steps to ventilate our homes and workplaces correctly, the quality of the air we breathe can be 50 times more polluted than outdoor air, with all the associated health risks. Why is that? We only need to contemplate the number of cleaning products, hair sprays, paints, air fresheners and new furniture and carpets that we bring into our home to realise what we’re feeding our indoor air quality with. The presence of condensation and mould can also have an adverse effect on skin allergies and respiratory conditions.

And now with the arrival of COVID-19 parallels are not only being drawn between being indoors and a high transmission rate but also between air pollution and the increase in the R value of COVID-19 due to the effects of air pollution on respiratory conditions. Evidence is suggesting that people living in polluted cities are more at risk.

“The pandemic has not in any way reduced the urgency of tackling the multiple environmental crises that we were already facing – if anything, it has shown that we need to step up the pace and put the green transition at the heart of the recovery process. It has shown that we can and must do things differently,” emphasised the EEB’s Secretary General Jeremy Wates.

Ventilation is a key aspect in the green transition at the heart of this recovery process. Poor ventilation in confined indoor spaces is associated with increased transmission of respiratory infections (Evidence from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control ECDPC).

Before there was any talk of COVID-19 A report was carried out by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and the Royal College of Physicians on the health impact of indoor air quality on children and young people. The report explains that there is growing evidence that respiratory problems among children may be exacerbated by indoor air pollution in homes, schools and nurseries.

Now with the pandemic very much in the spotlight, research from the ECDPC states that ‘HVAC systems may have a complementary role in decreasing transmission in indoor spaces by increasing the rate of air change, decreasing re circulation of air and increasing the use of outdoor air.

VORTICE LIMITED has a wide range of MVHR systems in the product portfolio which continuously remove the stale air from wet rooms and supply constant fresh air at a low rate via a filtration system which ensures a clean indoor environment, with no need for further background ventilators via a filtration system which ensures a clean indoor environment

We also offer the new Depuro Pro air purifiers which includes HEPA Filters (filters which have been discussed in the ECDPC document) which are capable of retaining 99.995% of micro particles including viruses bacteria and pollens. These units would suit many applications such as retail, hospitals and care homes.

What is apparent is that while VORTICE LIMITED has been discussing the importance of indoor air quality for years, the arrival of Covid-19 has brought this to the forefront of people’s minds. We have to work together to ensure we are thinking about how we can use ventilation to improve indoor environment.

Do you know what effect air quality has on your children?

Do you know what effect air quality has on your children?

“Even before a child is born they are at risk of developing serious health issues due to poor indoor air quality. This can lead to lung development issues, premature births and respiratory issues when born.”

After your child is born the effects can be even more harmful. Studies show that children are more vulnerable to breathing in polluted air than adults. For their size, they breathe more air each minute than an adult. Buggies and prams put them at the level of car exhausts and can be exposed to up to 60% more pollution than adults, a study suggests.

If your child breathes high levels of air pollution over a long period, they might be at risk of:

  • their lungs not working as well as they grow older
  • developing asthma during childhood or as an adult – and if they have asthma already, air pollution can make it worse
  • wheezing
  • coughs
  • lung cancer when they’re older
  • infections like pneumonia

Air pollution can be very worrying as there’s only so much we can do about it ourselves. But if your child is healthy, the effects of air pollution are likely to be quite small. The best thing you can do is make sure your child has reduced levels of exposure to both outdoor and indoor pollution.

There are ways to reduce the exposure for you and your children by doing the following things:

  • Keep your home well ventilated
  • Check for condensation hot spots in the home
  • Keep your home at a maintained comfortable temperature

“We have always set real focus on educating customers, including house builders, on the effects of poor ventilation, especially if the systems have not been installed correctly and are delighted to get behind DEFRA’s clean air strategy consultation.”

This new draft outlines very simply that: “Air pollution is the top environmental risk to human health in the UK, and the fourth greatest threat to public health after cancer.”

So how can Vortice help?

Marketing Manager Jennifer Quinn comments: “Centralised mechanical ventilation and heat recovery systems have a huge part to play. The Vort Leto centralised mechanical extract fan by Vortice is a proven success story. The unit is PCDB listed and is suitable for use with a kitchen and up to five wet rooms. This whole house continuous MEV fan complies with ADF system 3 and can be positioned in any orientation. It has a boost facility to increase airflow when occupants are cooking or bathing and once properly commissioned by fan speed and room duct valve adjustment, it can make a big difference to indoor air quality.”

With thanks to www.defra.gov.uk and www.myhealthmyhome.com and www.bbcnews.co.uk

How clean is the air that you breathe?

How clean is the air that you breathe?

We spend more than 90% of our time indoors and unless we take steps to ventilate our homes and workplaces correctly, the quality of the air we breathe can be 50 x more polluted than outdoor air, with all the associated health risks.

Why is that? We only need to contemplate the number of cleaning products, hair sprays, paints, air fresheners and new furniture and carpets that we bring into our home to realise what we’re feeding our indoor air quality with. The presence of condensation and mould can also worsen skin allergies and respiratory conditions. Today’s new builds tend to be extremely airtight, which has its benefits in terms of heating bills, but doesn’t have the benefits of fresh air coming into the home.

To keep our homes healthy and avoid symptoms like dizziness, watery eyes, fatigue, headaches and coughing which can be caused by poor air quality, we need to take action. Ideally, an airtight home should be matched with a mechanical ventilation system which removes moist and stale air Although opening your windows regularly helps to ensure air movement, the moment those windows are closed, the air quality deteriorates very quickly, particularly if you are cooking, taking a shower or spraying aerosols.

A continuous mechanical extract system from Vortice can cost less than £5 a year to run and is well worth the investment. Another option, particularly useful for new build properties is a mechanical ventilation system with heat recovery. That does exactly what it says on the tin, it introduces fresh air into the property whilst recovering heat from the stale air that it is extracting and re-uses that heat by passing the fresh air over a heat exchanger.

A continuous mechanical extract system from Vortice can cost less than £5 a year to run and is well worth the investment. Another option, particularly useful for new build properties is a mechanical ventilation system with heat recovery. That does exactly what it says on the tin, it introduces fresh air into the property whilst recovering heat from the stale air that it is extracting and re-uses that heat by passing the fresh air over a heat exchanger.

Vortice knows only too well the importance of this and has made it its mission over the years to be a voice within the industry ensuring customers get a correct and compliant ventilation system by offering a complete design, aftersales and training service.

The DEFRA consultation also discusses how occupant behaviour can affect the ventilation requirements of a home. Vortice has listened to housebuilders and specifiers and works hard to provide a range of ventilation solutions for many different applications to improve indoor air quality in airtight dwellings.

Vortice welcomes this new Government strategy as this will underscore what we have been talking about for years. It is important for us as a ventilation manufacturer always to offer a compliant solution suitable for the end application and to provide education to the installer and end user. We find lack of education is the key issue here so it is great to see this consultation highlighting the risks of bad ventilation and what damage this can have on the occupant’s health.

Vortice has also promoted good practice during Green Great Britain Week, which began on 15 October 2018 and was designed to engage the public in the debate on air quality alongside climate change and highlight the economic opportunities it offers for the UK.

With thanks to www.defra.gov.uk and www.myhealthmyhome.