Housing Association looks at the Siegenia Aeropac ® ventilator and how it is delivering better living conditions for Housing Association residents.
Adrian Vicker General Manager of Siegenia takes up the story. “We have been well known throughout Europe for many years for our ventilation solutions; but until recently were less well known here in the UK”.
“We are a highly technical company with a range of very suitable solutions for achieving the best levels of ventilation into people’s homes – not through what has been deemed to be the ‘’standard’ approach for many years where vents are housed in people’s window frames – but through fitting ventilators through walls”.
“Aeropac ® is one of these solutions. It is an outstanding product which offers so much value to the resident – it is wall mounted, small and unobtrusive, it is quiet in operation and cost effective to run. But more to the point it offers the resident the cleanest air possible due to its active carbon filters which absorb all external emissions and prevent them coming into the room”.
“It is additionally supported by an acoustic filter system which prevents noise from penetrating the home – one of the big bug-bears with vents fitted through window frames. Finally, and if required we can provide a wireless sensor which monitors air quality at all times to ensure that the environment in the home is kept at its optimum levels”.
“Aeropac® delivers an air change of 60m3 per hour and a constant 160m3 per hour of fresh, draught free fresh air”.
“As mentioned earlier we had used this product extensively in Europe and while we believed it would fulfil all of the requirements required here in the UK for installation into Housing Association properties, we wanted to test it extensively first in the most realistic environment possible”.
“To do this we teamed up with Mila Window and Door Maintenance who are well known throughout the Housing Association sector, and with whom we have subsequently formed a partnership to install our products”.
“With their years of experience in the refurbishment sector they were fully aware of what would be expected of a retro-fitted ventilator and so they took the vents to a specially designed test building at Salford University to install, run, and monitor their performance. The results were excellent and we launched the product to the market fully confident that the claims we make on the test data sheets are reflected in the actual performance on site in true life conditions”.
Tristan Cooke Managing Director of Mila Window and Door Maintenance takes up the story “As Adrian mentioned we believed our experience of the Housing Association sector had given us an understanding of what might be needed of a wall mounted ventilator, and indeed the added benefits it could bring to the residents”.
“We have spent years visiting properties to maintain windows, as a part of which we have seen window fitted ventilators blocked up to stop draughts and noise coming into the buildings leading to poor air quality and damp; we knew a wall mounted option providing a constant flow of fresh air would deliver far better living conditions for residents. The fact that it can be retro-fitted is a huge bonus and means that all Housing Associations can access it and benefit from it”.
“It was a product we had been looking to offer as a part of our services for some time, and the approach from Siegenia came at the perfect time. It was clear that Siegenia’s innovative products were ideally suited to the Housing Association environment but we did need to prove their technical credentials, and taking them to the university was a really forward thinking move”.
“Once tested we were happy to take them on board as a product, and help Siegenia get them into the market. As a business we undertake large scale repairs, maintenance and refurbishment projects all the time, and this product is an ideal one for us to offer”.