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Are our homes making people sick?


A thought provoking and helpful article. I live in a 5-6 year old code 4 town centre flat. During the winter it is the warmest home I have ever lived in with the large south facing windows giving a general temperature of 20degreesC with even the smallest showing of sunshine on even the coldest days. Its the most energy efficient (cheapest) home I have ever lived in. However, during the summer it gets warm, really uncomfortably warm and relying on the MVHR system leaves me waking up groggy and parched. I admit that while I wouldn't describe it as noisy the sound is noticeable. The all electric radiator heating is tied into a central control system which the building manager advised us to avoid when we moved in due to its complexity. We just turn them off and on as we see fit, but even the individual radiator controls are overly complex with lots of symbols but no clear/useful explanation for all the various options, even in the manual. With the flat having been purchased by a buy to let landlord who didn't even bother looking at the flat before buying never mind having it professionally surveyed I don't hold out much hope for the next tenant understanding the first thing about the systems installed, and I bet any money that they don't have the first idea/intention of maintaining the filters on the vent system.

Posted date

7 August, 2015

Posted time

1:30 pm


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