When designed correctly, an MVHR system is a hugely beneficial piece of technology, providing energy savings and improved indoor air quality.
As one of the youngest of the standard M&E packages it’s arguably the least understood. With so many poor examples of MVHR use existing in today’s market, there are legitimate concerns that the technology may be overshadowed by its failures rather than its strengths.
Therefore, as these products become more prominent, it’s important to understand the processes involved in producing a successful MVHR strategy.
MVHR – More than just a unit
It’s essential when considering an MVHR strategy, that a holistic approach is taken. It is a whole house system made of several components.
At the heart of any MVHR strategy is the ducting system. MVHR is much more than a unit and a comprehensive, intelligent duct design is essential to ensure the most efficient route can be achieved, resulting in reduced pressure loss.
The Importance of Co-Ordinated Design
MVHR can impact every internal mechanical and electrical service. Too often it is treated as an afterthought and squeezed into a place that isn’t suitable.
Often MVHR is only included on the heating/plumbing layouts of M&E designs, even though electrical layouts have an equally large impact on the design. High-level electricals are vying for the same space as the ducting, so it’s just as important to design with these in mind.
As well as the duct design, there are other external considerations that need to be considered, such as attenuation, fire protection, aesthetics of the build and cross contamination.
The best way to ensure these different aspects are managed is to utilise a co-ordinated design service. This is as important as the unit itself and should not be overlooked, as the design may ultimately have an impact on the unit selection.
Fitting and Maintenance
Once the design has been finalised it’s imperative the installation is carried out by competent installers. Using a BPEC approved team to carry out the installation from first fix to commissioning will ensure this process is carried out to the highest standards.
Another factor in guaranteeing the unit is used to its full potential, is educating end users on how to work and maintain their product. End users should be made aware of how and when to replace filters in order to ensure their MVHR unit is providing them with clean, fresh air.
As a manufacturer, with a unique specialist contracting service, we offer bespoke competitive pricing and 4 options to make your M&E package more competitive and easier to manage. Our options include a design service, manufacture and supply of MVHR units, dedicated project management and our BPEC approved team can also carry out installation and commissioning.
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