Will PIV Stop Mould? 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 ‘Will PIV stop mould?’
The team at I-sells recognise the discomfort, destruction and danger that can be caused by mould, which can and will spread if left unattended. The prevention of mould can be aided in a variety of ways. One of which being 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 the 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 is from the established creator Nuaire, and their product, the Drimaster.
Mould, otherwise known as damp, is a fungus that grows on wet surfaces. Mould comes in a variety of colours: Black, Green, Brown, Grey and White. It can be difficult to identify mould by colour as it can occur in many shades.
Mould reproduces from tiny spores. The spores float through the air and deposit on the surfaces. Under adequate temperature, moisture, and nutrient conditions, the spores can form new mould colonies.
condensation is not the only cause of mould, it can occur from leaks in the structure of a building too.
Mould can severely affect your immune and respiratory system, as the spores are easily breathable and not obvious to see through the human eye.
If you have found mould in your home, you need to assess if this is your landlord’s responsibility (for example it could be from a leaking roof that needs repairing). Or if the damp is caused by improper ventilation. To assess your options, click here.
So will PIV stop mould?
Will PIV stop mould?
Using a PIV system will help to prevent the environment necessary for mould to grow. However, it must be noted that if adequate removal of mould is not taken, or if there are no ventilation routines taking place in your dwelling, it is likely mould will still be present in your home, albeit at a smaller rate.
In regard to the removal of mould, we have many products that will destroy mould.
Mould prevention comes in the form of a ventilation routine. Here are some key steps you should be taking:
- Open the window during or after a shower or bath
- Open the windows for at least 20 minutes a day, downstairs and upstairs (Or in multiple rooms if you live in an apartment)
- Open the window when you are cooking
- Be sure to wipe away any condensation you find before or after opening your windows
- Having an extractor fan, or updating your old extractor fan and using it regularly will greatly reduce humidity
PIV mould prevention solutions
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 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.
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 install 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 sited 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
I-Sells – the home of mould prevention
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 ‘Will PIV stop mould?’
We understand you may have more questions with regard to mould control, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information with regard to any queries you may have. If you’d like to send us an email, click here. For other contact options, see below:
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