Does PIV Stop Condensation? Positive Input Ventilation Units & Systems
Here at I-Sells, as the number 1 supplier of venting and ducting solutions in the UK, we endeavour to bring you the necessity of a properly ventilated home alongside all of the benefits that can be experienced. In this article we will be answering the question ‘Does PIV stop condensation?’
All of the solutions we offer are in an effort to disrupt the environment necessary for mould to formulate, as mould can have serious health implications as well as spread easily if left unattended.
As we continue, let us explain a little bit about Positive input ventilation and its benefits.
PIV – Positive input ventilation
Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) ventilation systems are the most effective method of curing and preventing condensation dampness. Invented by Nuaire and installed in thousands of dwellings each year, PIV can be a more cost-effective and simple to install ventilation solution, whilst still meeting building regulations.
Essentially the concept is to introduce fresh, filtered air into the dwelling at a continuous rate, encouraging movement of air from inside to outside.
To achieve this, the unit is mounted in the loft space, drawing air through the filters and inputting it, at ceiling level, into the property. An integrated heater tempers airflow should the temperature in the loft space drop below a set point, ensuring ultimate comfort in the home.
The result of this airflow is a reduction in condensation and humidity, a key factor in preventing the cultivation of mould. At I-Sells, one of the PIV units we provide are from the established creator Nuaire, and their product, the Drimaster.
Condensation occurs when heat and moisture in the air is confined to a certain area, as this heat tries and fails to escape, droplets of water are created on cold surfaces. A good way to think about this is having a hot shower on a cold day and not opening your window.
The reason condensation creates mould is that a damp and humid environment is the optimum condition for mould to grow. In regards to windows, it is a big problem if there is mould on your windows (it can usually be found in the corners of the windowpane or the walls connected to the window).
The reasoning is that mould particles can travel through the air without us seeing it, incidentally, this means opening a window with mould on it runs the risk of that mould being blown inside your room alongside the fresh air.
That being said, condensation is not the only cause of mould, it can occur from leaks in the structure of a building too.
Does PIV stop condensation?
As with any ventilation unit, PIV will work to remove condensation in accordance with a ventilation routine. If you fail to open windows regularly, especially after showering or after during/after cooking, PIV will help combat that condensation, but with help from manual ventilation methods, it will stop condensation.
I-Sells PIV Ventilation options
Nuaire Drimaster Eco Hall Control Diffuser Positive Input Ventilation Unit
The Nuaire Drimaster Eco Hall Control Diffuser Positive Input Ventilation Unit has the added benefit of having the system controls located in the contemporary ceiling diffuser. This unique feature bestows the homeowner with complete control of the unit, without having to enter the loft space.
Not only can settings be altered with the push of a button on the contemporary diffuser, but there is also a 7-segment display which notifies the user of the need for filter change and what setting the Drimaster is running on.
The DRIMASTER-ECO range provides whole-home ventilation using the Positive Input Ventilation principle, which introduces fresh filtered air into the dwelling at a continuous rate, encouraging the movement of air from inside to outside. Click here to view on our site.
Drimaster Eco Heat Positive Input Ventilation Unit With Integral 400W Heater By Nuaire
The Drimaster Eco Heat Positive Input Ventilation Unit incorporates all of the functions of our DRI-ECO-LINK-HC unit but with the benefit of an integral heating element, located between the flexible duct and ceiling diffuser.
This heating component will temper the air which is distributed through the property via the ceiling diffuser, thus ensuring a comfortable living environment. This pioneering design sees the low-watt heater (400w) react efficiently and effectively, guaranteeing an economically friendly product.
A temperature sensor on the outside of the unit monitors and controls the heater output to maintain the set point. The set point ranges from 5° to 15° and can be adjusted from the ceiling diffuser. If the temperature at the heater outlet is above the set point, the heater will not activate. To browse more details, click here
Nuaire Drimaster Eco 3S Loft Control 3 Storey Property Positive Input Ventilation Unit
The Nuaire Drimaster Eco 3S Loft Control 3-Storey Property Positive Input Ventilation Unit is the only unit within the DRIMASTER-ECO range which is suitable for installation within three-storey properties, by using an intumescent aluminium diffuser in order to meet fire regulation standards.
The unit itself works by drawing fresh air in from the loft space and dispersing it through the property via a powder-coated ceiling diffuser, which provides a 1-hour fire block. This technology is fundamental to the well-being of the homeowner and allows Nuaire to offer a ventilation solution for every property type. Click here to browse.
We also have the option of having a heated version of this Drimaster, click here to view
Running costs between 5 and 10p per day dependent on the electrical supplier and heating and speed setting.
Nuaire Drimaster Eco Basic Loft Control Positive Input Ventilation Unit
The Nuaire Drimaster Eco Basic Loft Control Positive Input Ventilation Unit is our basic unit which provides all of the benefits of Positive Input Ventilation, offering system controls on the unit within the loft space.
Whilst the controls offer variable options, when the Drimaster is installed the system should be set to a speed that is suitable to the property meaning access to the loft is only necessary for the replacement of filters. Click here to view the full specifications.
Nuaire Drimaster Eco Link Hall Control Positive Input Ventilation Unit
The Nuaire Drimaster Eco Link Hall Control Positive Input Ventilation Unit offers its long-standing PIV technology alongside innovative remote control and sensor capabilities.
By offering a choice of interactive sensors, Nuaire has created an adaptable, market-leading PIV product. Homeowners can choose to use one or all of the sensors available for optimum system performance, in addition to the unique controls cited at our re-designed, modern ceiling diffuser. Click here to view on our website.
Nuaire Drimaster Eco Heat with Hall Diffuser Control (not wireless)
This unit also comes with a 7 segment display in the ceiling diffuser, offering complete control at the touch of a button without needing access to the unit located in the loft space. A lock function can be used to ensure the system remains tamper-proof.
Our range of DRIMASTER-ECO units is fitted with an internal temperature sensor. This sensor continuously monitors the temperature in the loft, boosting the air volume when the loft temperature is above a set level.
If the loft temperature becomes excessive the unit will switch to standby mode (no airflow). Once installed, the airflow can be set to suit the house size and, if required, the way it responds to the temperature changes within. To view this product and more information, click here
Contact I-Sells today
We at I-Sells endeavour to make sure our customers have all the information they need before making the choice to invest in our ventilation solutions. Be sure to visit our blog page to gain knowledge on the wide array of factors and issues surrounding ventilation, mould, condensation, and much more.
We hope to have helped you understand the importance of ventilation whilst also answering the question ‘Does PIV stop condensation?’
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