Over time, wear and tear will break down any mechanical devices. This may take years, however, it will depend on the quality of the system that’s installed. The same is true for a ventilation system, which is crucial for any commercial premises. Without proper ventilation maintenance, systems won’t continue to perform as originally designed.
Why Ventilation Systems Should Be Regularly Maintained
To ensure your ventilation system continues to perform effectively and efficiently as originally designed and commissioned, regular checks and maintenance are needed on all moving components and consumables. This will be in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations and SFG20.
It’s also essential to book regular ventilation maintenance of your building’s system to continue to comply with government regulations. In line with Government targets, changes to building regulations have been introduced to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.
Part L of the Building Regulations calls for buildings to be more airtight and energy-efficient. As a result, maintaining good indoor air quality through effective ventilation is vital. Part L gives guidance on the maximum amount of electricity that an air distribution system should use and more specifically what the fan motors in a unit should use, known as Specific Fan Power (SFP).
Part F of the Building Regulations focuses on ventilation systems and indoor air quality in both domestic and commercial buildings. It covers all aspects of specifying and designing a ventilation system and gives guidance on installation, commissioning, operation, and most importantly the system’s ongoing maintenance. Minimum ventilation rates are also advised within the document.
Regular ventilation system maintenance should focus on continuing a consistently high-quality performance and matching these regulations. However, before you can think about maintenance, you need to discover the right ventilation system for your workplace.
The Benefits Of Ventilation Systems
Poor indoor air quality can be attributed to many problems within a building. High humidity causes dampness, rot, and mould, causing pollutants known to be a major cause of health issues such as asthma and eczema. Stale air also leads to a loss in productivity and low employee morale.
As the demand for improved energy efficiency results in increasingly airtight buildings, natural ventilation proves less effective and highlights the need for mechanical ventilation. With increasing legislation, the challenge for designers, installers, and occupiers of any building is to find a ventilation solution that’s both effective and energy-efficient.
Choosing The Right Ventilation System For Your Workplace
At Ambivent Facilities Management, our expert team offers a wide range of ventilation products covering mechanical ventilation with heat recovery units (MVHR), air handling units (AHU’s), and AHU control interfaces. These systems have been designed to deliver a fresh air supply to a building while simultaneously extracting stale air in the most energy-efficient manner possible utilising heat recovery technology.
We source pioneering solutions that heat, cool, ventilate and control buildings in the most energy-efficient ways possible. Our team aims to help individuals and businesses reduce the energy consumption of their buildings and their running costs. However, even if you install a high-quality ventilation system it requires maintenance to ensure its continued premium performance.
If you would like to find out more about ventilation systems or are looking for ventilation maintenance on your system, then get in contact with us at Ambivent Facilities Management and find out how we can help you. Contact us on 01604 645 788, or visit our contact page.