Climate change is one of the most important challenges facing the world, and it is important that all of us do what we can to minimise our personal impact on the environment. Reducing the amount of energy we consume is the one of the biggest individual contributions that we can make to the environment, because less energy being used means that less carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere.
There are a lot of small changes to our daily lives that we can make that help to reduce our carbon footprint. Some of these changes include making simple choices in the moment – such as reducing how often we use public transport instead of driving; or setting our thermostat a couple of degrees lower on cold days.
To make longer term changes in our carbon footprint, we can look at the ways in which we use energy in our homes and take steps to reduce our consumption.
An important thing to remember is that reducing energy use and making our homes more energy efficient isn’t just good for the environment, it is also good for our pocket, because using less electricity and gas means lower bills in the long run!
Ventilation isn’t something that comes immediately to mind when talking about energy use in your house or flat, but modern ventilation systems can really help to reduce the amount of energy that your home uses.
If you have an older extractor fan in your kitchen or bathroom, the chances are that it isn’t running as efficiently as it once did and may not include some of the more recent innovations in extractor fan technology that reduce energy use.
Older fan designs, particularly those in kitchen settings, can become clogged over time as dust and grease builds up on filters and fan blades. This forces the fan to work much harder than it otherwise would need to which means higher energy use.
Simply cleaning the fan and filter can help to rejuvenate an older fan, but by taking advantage of a more modern system such as the Cyclone 7, you will benefit from smart features that adapt the power of the fan to the humidity levels to clear moisture more quickly and prevent condensation and damp.
Most central heating systems are controlled by a central thermostat which measures the temperature in one location – usually the hallway – and then turns off the heat when the desired temperature is reached.
This can be inefficient – some rooms heat up more quickly than others, but the heating will continue to run until the desired temperature is reached centrally. That can mean a lot of wasted energy and some rooms becoming too hot.
A modern whole house ventilation system such as PIV works in conjunction with your central heating to move air gently through your home. This means that your home is heated more evenly as air flowing between rooms carries heat with it.
Ventilation systems help prevent condensation by replacing the moist air in your home with fresh air from outdoors. Some whole house ventilation systems include heat recovery technology that uses the warmth in the air that is being expelled from the house to warm the incoming air. This makes the whole system much more efficient and prevents heat loss.
The EnviroVent EnergiSava 200 mechanical extract ventilation system with heat recovery is highly efficient and can retain 90% of thermal energy in the air which means that very little energy is lost. The system also features a summer bypass, so it during warmer weather, it can gently cool your home.
Modern, efficient ventilation systems can help reduce your energy use while also preventing condensation, damp, and mould. What’s more, when you choose EnviroVent products such as our highly efficient Lifetime range of fans, you benefit from buying from a UK manufacturer, which means that less energy is used in transporting goods from overseas! For more information about how you can benefit from energy efficient ventilation, please contact us today to book your free home survey.
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