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Vent-Axia’s Datalogging Lo-Carbon Revive 7 Protects Landlord in Disrepair Case

Vent-Axia’s Datalogging Lo-Carbon Revive 7 Protects Landlord in Disrepair Case

Lo-Carbon Revive 7 fans from leading British ventilation manufacturer, Vent-Axia, are proving crucial in a social housing disrepair case.

The fans were installed as part of an extensive renovation of a social housing property to alleviate condensation and mould issues. Yet the problems persisted. Thanks to the fans’ datalogging ability, it has been proven that the fans have been tampered with by the resident. This data is proving crucial in protecting the landlord from being prosecuted.

Vent-Axia was contacted by a Social Housing landlord to survey a property which has been taken to disrepair by the resident due to condensation and mould complaints. This property’s old extract ventilation in the kitchen and bathroom had both been upgraded to the award-winning Lo-Carbon Revive 7 fan to tackle the condensation and mould issue. When onsite, the Vent-Axia surveyor noted excessive condensation and mould in both the bathroom and kitchen and so checked both ventilation units using its unique lock system and datalogging capabilities. They discovered that, even though the units had been installed over a year ago, they had only been turned on for 12 days in total each. Without this datalogging capability, the landlord could have faced court action from the resident for failing to provide a habitable home. However, armed with this information the landlord can now prove that they are not at fault.

“Condensation and mould can be a major issue but, with effective ventilation, it can be successfully tackled. However, if this ventilation is turned off or tampered with, it cannot do its job. Residents often turn off a fan due to the perceived costs of running a fan when, in fact, it costs just as little as 3p per week to run a Revive fan”, explains Pete White, Vent-Axia’s Social Housing Director (North). “In this case, the landlord had chosen our Revive 7 fan thanks to its datalogging capability to help ensure that their housing stock was protected. It goes to show that, in the face of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act, providing residents with the best products and solutions to help tackle condensation and mould issues is not always enough.”

The Lo-Carbon Revive is a high-pressure hybrid impellor fan designed to meet the specific needs of social housing. Boasting powerful, quiet, efficient ventilation, Revive provides good indoor air quality and comfort for residents while being quick and easy to install, low maintenance and reliable. Highly versatile, the Revive offers a choice of run speeds for multiple installation options and can be ducted or through the wall, making specification easy. Plus Revive is low maintenance since its market-leading Multi-Vortex™ technology combined with a high-pressure hybrid impellor and highly sculpted interior actively repels dust, avoiding clogging, thus helping to avoid call backs. Revive also boasts reliability backed by up to seven years’ warranty.

Featuring Smart Sense™ intelligent technology, Revive is quick and easy to install with the fan featuring a simple alpha numeric LED display which is clear and easy to read and a three-button menu for commissioning and data gathering. Smart Sense™ technology even tells the LED display which orientation to use depending on whether it is wall or ceiling mounted.

Revive’s Smart Sense™ technology also provides real-time data via an intuitive interface to communicate the fan’s energy efficiency so landlords can reassure residents of the low-running costs. Meanwhile, it features an ambient response humidistat to avoid nuisance tripping, thus increasing resident acceptability. Smart Sense™ also allows multiple configurations so the fan can be commissioned to meet the needs of the property and the resident.

Revive also features a Day Logger which tracks how many days a fan has been running to ensure it is used as intended. Landlords can also use the Day Logger to track energy use and see how many days a fan has been on humidity boost mode, pull cord boost mode, or trickle. This information can help build a profile of resident activity and aids landlords in investigating humidity problems. This allows landlords to work with residents to ensure a healthy indoor environment.

Vent-Axia has other fans that feature smart sense technology and datalogging facilities as standard to help fight against disrepair cases for social and private landlords. They are the Lo-Carbon Response 7, the Lo-Carbon PoziDry Pro Loft PIV, and the Lo-Carbon PoziDry Pro Compact Wall PIV. Find out more on these and other products at www.vent-axia.com.

For further information on the Lo-Carbon Revive, as well as other products and services offered by Vent-Axia, visit www.vent-axia.com/social-housing or telephone +44 (0)344 856 0590 or visit www.vent-axia.com.

ABOUT VENT-AXIA

Boasting over 80 years’ experience, Vent-Axia is the ventilation sector’s clear leader, chief innovator and forerunner in developing energy efficient products that help provide good indoor air quality. Committed to improving indoor air quality and comfort in both homes and buildings, Vent-Axia provides the sector’s most comprehensive choice from any single manufacturer. Vent-Axia’s range covers not just air movement and ventilation technologies but heat recovery, electric heating, hand dryers, cooling and clean-air systems for residential, commercial, public sector and industrial applications.