Vent-Axia’s Sentinel Kinetic Advance MVHR Highly Commended at HVR Awards
- Published: Thursday, 10 November 2016 16:44
Leading British ventilation manufacturer Vent-Axia has impressed the judges in the ‘Commercial Ventilation Product of the Year’ category at the prestigious HVR (Heating and Ventilating Review) Awards 2016.
The British manufacturer’s Sentinel Kinetic Advance has been highly commended at the awards, announced at a glittering ceremony at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel in London on Thursday October 27th.
The judging panel for the seventh annual HVR awards looked for innovation, outstanding technological achievements and service capabilities and the Sentinel Kinetic Advance impressed in all areas. Vent-Axia’s Sentinel Kinetic Advance is a new breed of mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR ) unit. With best in class performance and offering near silent, energy efficient and high pressure operation, it is perfect for care homes and student accommodation as well as new build residential properties.
“We are delighted to have been highly commended in these prestigious awards amongst such strong competition” said Jenny Smith, Marketing Manager, Vent-Axia. “The Advance is the ideal ventilation solution for modern, thermally efficient buildings and so it’s great to see the Advance gaining industry recognition. This year also sees Vent-Axia celebrating its 80th anniversary and so it is fitting that we continue to be acknowledged as leaders of innovation, just like in 1936 when the company’s founder invented the world’s first electrically operated window fan.”
Designed for air-tight thermally efficient new build properties, the Advance is the first UK-manufactured web-enabled App-controlled MVHR unit, providing energy efficient ventilation and pioneering control. Featuring groundbreaking commissioning and control via the App, Advance encourages best practice and high performance through simplified commissioning, saving installers time on site. USB functionality also allows pre-commissioning, thus saving time on developments with same specification builds.
There are many other benefits that this new technology brings. Firstly a key specification driver is efficiency. The Advance tops the PCBD list as the best performing MVHR system in its class, boasting a specific fan power of 0.38W/l/w with 93% heat recovery and airflow of 100l/s at 150Pa, offering high pressure development. This new breed of MVHR is not only efficient, it is also extremely quiet with trickle settings up to 40% staying below 20dBA, achieving the Holy Grail of high efficiency and low sound levels.
Offering a range of features that improve indoor air quality (IAQ) the Advance features a unique and innovative free App which residents can download onto their smartphones to allow them to control their IAQ. Via the App residents can boost the unit and view efficiencies and temperatures. Filters up to F7 grade ensure that even buildings in heavily urbanised areas can filter out most impurities, including damaging PM2.5 particles. A filter check warning tells building occupiers via the App or email when filters need changing, thus helping to maintain the quality of incoming air.
Developed for modern thermally efficient buildings, Advance also features a revolutionary programmable summer bypass to ensure year-round thermal comfort. The summer bypass is pioneering since it is fully automatic and truly intelligent, a first. The summer bypass is set for both comfort temperature and minimum external temperature. These settings enable the controls to determine whether it is winter or summer allowing it to run without resident intervention.
For further cooling the Advance summer bypass has an evening purge feature that boosts early evening and then runs on a timer until about 10pm so there is no nuisance noise at night. Additional cooling is also available for periods of several days of high temperatures and warm nights. Here the Advance utilises a Night-Time Purge. This allows a building to be pre-cooled for the following day by taking advantage of cooler night-time temperatures.
Part of Vent-Axia’s Kinetic range of MVHR units, the Advance is a whole house heat recovery system combining supply and extract ventilation in one unit. Warm, moist air is extracted from ‘wet’ rooms through ducting, passing through the heat exchanger before being exhausted outside. Fresh incoming air is preheated via the integral heat exchanger which recovers 93% of the heat that would otherwise be wasted.