The all new AHU450EC Balance Ventilation unit with Heat Recovery and Summer By-Pass is going to be introduced to the New Zealand market in June 2020.
Combining EBM EC fan technology with Recair Heat Recovery, the AHU450EC is going to set a new benchmark in the balanced ventilation market.
Houses built in last century had lots of air leaks resulting in much wasted energy. In contrast, modern homes are built to be airtight and can to be energy efficient. Energy efficiency is not guaranteed as the requirement for fresh air works against energy efficiency if windows are used for ventilation. Fresh air will come in, stale air will go out and, with the exiting air, energy will be lost. The solution to this problem is a balanced ventilation system.
Houses need ventilation.
Humans take oxygen from the air they breathe and exhale CO2 and water vapour. This means that the occupants in a home with closed windows will very quickly change the normal balance of gases in the air, and the moisture content of the air will go up. A person sleeping in a closed bedroom may wake up feeling lethargic and perhaps even with a headache because of the lack of oxygen. Cooking, showers and baths, wet towels on heated towel, all add large quantities of water into the atmosphere. If the water in the air (humidity) is not addressed, the house will become damp, creating ideal conditions for mould and mildew, which greatly increase the risk of respiratory diseases such as asthma. Asthma is a significant problem in New Zealand with the risks being higher for babies and the elderly.
NZ Regulations require a minimum rate of 0.35 air changes per hour however, this should be regarded as the absolute minimum. To avoid energy loss, windows should be kept closed. There are other good reasons to have windows closed – for security, for control noise and to keep out dust and pests. To achieve the goal of fresh air and energy efficiency, a ventilation system is essential in a modern home.
The Ventilation Solution
The solution for a healthy and energy efficient home is a mechanical ventilation system which provides balanced ventilation with heat recovery. At the heart of the system is an Air Handling Unit (AHU), connected to suitably placed vents by ducting.
The AHU Explained
Balanced ventilation is achieved by having 2 identical fans, one for incoming air and one for outgoing air.
Heat recovery is achieved by passing air through a crossflow heat exchanger – the exiting air giving up its energy to the incoming air.
In the summer when the house may need to be cooled, the heat exchanger can be bypassed and the hot stale air exits without heating the incoming air.
Design of the System is Essential
There are multiple factors to be considered before selecting a balanced ventilation solution. The capacity of the AHU must match the size of the house and pressure loss and airflow calculations are required to ensure the system will deliver the required volume of air to each room. Vents need to be carefully located to ensure optimum airflow throughout the house. Ducting will be installed in a way to minimise pressure loss.
The Benefits for the Homeowner
It is important that a homeowner understands what a balanced ventilation solution is designed to deliver – namely fresh air, with a minimum of energy loss. Fresh air is essential for a healthy home and a healthy living environment is the primary benefit of the system. To achieve this, the system needs to run continuously.
A balanced ventilation system is not intended to heat or cool the home. There are many factors that affect the temperature and therefore the comfort level of a house. Comfort is also a highly personal thing. Heat sources include the sun, cooking, body heat, as well as home heating solutions. Cooling solutions include shade from trees or curtains. Many homeowners will supplement the natural heating and cooling sources with a heat pump.
Although not designed as the heating/cooling source, a balanced ventilation solution will contribute positively to the heating or cooling of a house. In a heated house, ventilation results in dryer air (lower humidity) and dryer air feels warmer and is easier to warm. With the windows closed, heat from the passive energy sources will be retained within the house and most of that energy will be retained by the heat exchanger. On a sunny winter’s day, many houses may feel comfortable without any additional heat source. The circulation of air throughout the house will have the effect of transferring warmer air to the colder side of the house.
In a house that is being cooled, the heat exchanger will cool the warmer incoming fresh air. It is important to note that most heat pump wall units only cool recirculated inside air, so it is essential to run the ventilation system at the same time.
Systemair and Panasonic sign partnership on development of integrated HVAC solutions.
Press release, 26 February 2019
Systemair, a leading ventilation company with operations in 50 countries, and Panasonic, a world leader in the development of HVAC solutions, today unveiled a strategic partnership aimed at developing joint integrated and sustainable solutions for both commercial and residential premises.
The collaboration between Systemair and Panasonic will be based on the existing technology and expertise of both partners. In the first phase, Panasonic will introduce a new series of high-efficiency and eco-friendly heat pump chillers incorporating Systemair’s innovative reversible cooling technology. The new integrated products are fully adaptable and suitable for use in creating solutions for specific projects (including in the light commercial sector) to meet all aspects of customer requirements.
Systemair and Panasonic are also engaged in a development collaboration on technology and functions to be incorporated into cooling and heat pump technology products. The objective is to create more high-efficiency, eco-friendly and ultra-modern chiller and heat pump products for the European market. The collaboration will also make use of the companies’ smart cloud-based services. The partners will strive for seamless integration between Systemair’s ventilation products and Panasonic’s high-tech heat pumps for residential and commercial properties, as well as its control technology and connection facilities. Through the collaboration, the two companies will be able to create a new, powerful value offer that meets their customer requirements.
“This opens the way to major potential synergies in development that meets our customers’ tough environmental demands. At the same time, we are creating long-term business opportunities in an expanding European market. Systemair’s unique product range and long experience in HVAC fit perfectly with our undertaking to offer customers exceptional value, functions and product quality”, says Toshiyuki Takagi, Executive Officer of Panasonic Corporation and President of Panasonic Air-Conditioner.
“We’re very much looking forward to this partnership and the new opportunities that it brings for creating new innovative products and system solutions. Through the collaboration we’ll soon be able to offer even better solutions, which will come to play an important role in the development of the climate systems of the future for buildings”, says Roland Kasper, CEO, Systemair.