The charity approached EnviroVent to recommend an effective ventilation solution for its residential unit which supports 70 people and is based in Tunbridge Wells. The main Pepenbury site is made up of eight houses and bungalows.
Following a survey by a ventilation specialist, EnviroVent recommended that each bedroom was fitted with a heatSava 150 to provide constant ventilation and improve indoor air quality by maintaining relative humidity levels.
Trials of the heatSava have since been set up in three rooms, which are working well and the facilities manager has reported an improvement in air quality in these rooms, which is most noticeable by reduced levels of condensation. EnviroVent also installed a Cyclone 7 extract fan in an adjacent wetroom to remove moisture and keep it constantly ventilated.
Richard Blyth, Facilities Manager at Pepenbury, said: “The main reason for looking into ventilation options was to improve the air quality in our residential units and reduce levels of condensation. We also wanted to make sure that even if the windows weren’t open, our residents would benefit from healthy fresh air. We are really pleased with EnviroVent’s ventilation solution and are budgeting to include further EnviroVent units in future improvement work.”
Sam Hawkins, ventilation specialist at EnviroVent, said: “heatSava is a popular solution with both social housing and private dwellings as it’s a really effective way to quickly and cost effectively improve air quality. We’re really pleased with how the trial has worked out and look forward to working with Pepenbury in the future.”
The heatSava is ideal for retrofitting in social housing and rented properties. The innovative unit recovers up to 75% of heat that would normally be lost on extraction whilst providing continuous all-year-round good indoor air quality, resulting in energy and cost savings.
The heatSava runs continuously 24 hours a day on a low background trickle rate to provide good indoor air quality, controlling humidity levels and reducing condensation. The unit has been engineered with the unique Intellitrac® controls which operate automatically, reacting to increases in humidity levels by altering the motor speed in direct proportion. Once humidity falls, the airflow rate reduces to save energy.
Available in two sizes, 100mm to suit bathrooms (low voltage version optional) and WCs and 150mm for kitchens and utility rooms, the unit is quick and easy to fit onto either an existing extractor fan wall sleeve or a new wall.
Pepenbury is a charity that supports adults with learning disabilities and complex needs, such as autism and physical or other disabilities. The charity provides full-time residential care, supported accommodation, day service activities and community support.