EnviroVent, the Harrogate-based manufacturer of ventilation solutions, is celebrating winning ‘Domestic Ventilation Product of the Year’ at the 25th annual H&V News Awards for its innovative ATMOS® system.
ATMOS® is the first ever smart range of PIV (Positive Input Ventilation) solutions, with five different units designed to improve indoor air quality and eradicate the problem of condensation and mould growth in all types and sizes of homes.
The dangerous impact of poor indoor air quality (IAQ) on our health is now well established, with condensation, mould and the use of household products all adding up to create an unhealthy living environment. To combat this, Airtech, the mould and condensation control specialist, has developed a comprehensive service over the last 30 years to offer landlords solutions for healthy homes. Further expanding its range of data gathering ventilation solutions is the new Air+ Wall Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) that is ideal for apartments and smaller homes without a loft.
As housing becomes increasingly airtight to improve energy efficiency, more homes are being blighted by condensation, mould and the associated problems they bring. Not only does this create the need for redecoration, it can cause costly damage to the fabric of the building. Add to this the fact that it leads to poor IAQ, and landlords can have a serious problem on their hands. And with the new Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 now in force, landlords are legally obligated to ensure that their properties are fit for human habitation from the start and throughout a tenancy, including the need for effective ventilation and freedom from damp.
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Poor indoor air quality can lead to visible pollutants such as mould growth, and also allow the build-up of hidden dangers such as CO, VOCs, etc. which can have an adverse effect on health. HA speaks to Chris Yates, Managing Director of Johnson & Starley, about how RSLs can help by improving ventilation.
How can poor IAQ affect residents’ health?
Chris: Health issues can range from irritated eyes, nose and throat, headaches, tiredness to difficulty breathing, nausea, confusion and difficulty in concentrating. With long term exposure there can be damage to the heart, liver or kidneys and central nervous system, as well as hypersensitivity pneumonitis, allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and asthma.