Central Vacuum System & Heat Recovery Ventilation – The perfect combination for clean indoor air and good health
Date: 08 October 2020
You may not realise it, but clean indoor air is essential for your family’s ability to concentrate, perform productively and live comfortably. If you’re building a new house, you will need to consider how to provide you and your family with the cleanest indoor air for the health benefits of everyone.
At a time when we’re spending so much time indoors, as well as so many children and adults suffering from asthma or some form of allergy, there’s an increasing need for homes to be cleaner and more hygienic than ever before.
Why is ventilation important for my health?
Today’s standard for all new energy efficient homes is to make them as airtight and as well insulated as possible, install double or triple-glazed windows and sealed doors to ensure there are no draughts (and to keep in line with energy efficiency levels). With these increased standards homes must comply with building control regulations which state that in any residential property, ventilation must be circulated continuously throughout the whole building. Simply opening a window is considered efficient ventilation, but does that create the cleanest living environment? The answer is no - with dangerous outside pollution levels rising, you are allowing these elements into your home.
Poorly ventilated houses contain some of the highest levels of dust mites. Dust mites can trigger reactions in asthma and allergy sufferers. In many ‘older’ houses, homeowners installed extractor fans to get rid of dirty, moisture laden air and window trickle vents to bring in fresh air as an alternative to opening windows. However, these ventilation options are not designed to complement today’s airtightness build methods designed to keep the heat in and the elements out.
Most extractor fans are cored to outside walls to allow stale air out, allowing heat to escape and pollutants to enter. Window trickle vents will provide draughts in your home as they need to be open to provide ventilation. The more windows you have, the more draughts you could have - this is the same for heat loss, and let’s face it, we all want to keep that very expensive heat indoors, instead of letting it escape out!
Beam’s Heat Recovery Ventilation Systems can have a positive direct effect on the internal home environment by providing fresh, warmed filtered air into the home 24 hours a day. The incoming air is filtered to remove all pollutants that would normally enter the home from open windows. At the same time, moist stale air is extracted out of the home from bathrooms, kitchens etc. Both airflows pass through a heat exchange unit where the heat is transferred from the extracted air to the incoming air – with clean, fresh filtered air distributed into all the living areas of the home.
How does a Beam Central Vacuum help provide clean indoor air?
Quite simply, a Beam Central Vacuum System removes 100% of all dirt, dust, mites, pollen, dander and other allergens away from the living areas, immediately improving the quality of the indoor air in the home. In fact, it’s clinically proven that a Beam Central Vacuum System improves the indoor air quality in your home by up to 52%.
The system has a separate power unit located away from the point of vacuuming (usually situated within a utility room or garage). Once you start vacuuming, all the dust and dirt is removed through the concealed ducting into the bin of the power unit, so there’s no recirculated dust or dirt at the point of vacuuming. In comparison, a portable vacuum stores whatever is collected and is then carried around your house, recirculating dust particles from room to room, meaning the dust and dirt is never truly taken completely out of your home.
And it’s good news for homes with pets! The deep cleaning and allergy-reducing capability of a Beam Central Vacuum makes it the ideal vacuum for pet owners. The Beam Central Vacuum exhausts no air into the room that would stir-up pet dander and allergens, significantly reducing exposure to allergens brought into the home by your pets.
So now you know the secret to a cleaner, healthier home! Fresh filtered air in, dirty air out, and no recirculating of dust in between!
We all deserve to live in a happy, healthy home - get in touch today and let BEAM help you achieve this.