Fläkt Woods launch new heat recovery unit for schools

Adding to its already extensive ventilation offering, Fläkt Woods has launched eCO PREMIUM, a revolutionary new energy recovery unit that incorporates the latest air movement technology and intuitive controllability.

eCO PREMIUM has been specifically developed to assist schools meet increasingly stringent government guidelines, whilst cutting costs too. In fact, the unit is capable of recovering 85 per cent of the thermal energy, making it a highly efficient solution for schools.

The heat, or energy recovery unit (ERU), also offers an unprecedented level of control and intelligence, for example, when specified with sensors, eCO PREMIUM can automatically adjust to changing demands within a room.

A presence detector will switch the system on when the room is occupied and subsequently off again when it’s empty, and impressively, an internal CO2 sensor can even adjust the air supply proportionally to the number of people in the room.

The ERU is also available in different air flow capacities, from 0.2–0.9 m³/s, and is remarkably quiet at only 20dBa – offering wider flexibility when specifying the right sized product and choosing the installation location.

David Black at Fläkt Woods explains:

“eCO PREMIUM offers great energy saving potential for the education sector, and a lucrative opportunity for installers. By using waste heat from the outgoing air, energy bills can be greatly reduced and can achieve substantial carbon reductions, especially for premises with multiple buildings.”

Crucially, eCO PREMIUM is the ideal solution for the education sector in particular, where the pressure on ensuring student and teaching staff wellbeing has heightened.

The unit extracts moist, stale air from inside the property and replacing it with fresh air from outside. It then utilises the heat from the outgoing air to essentially warm the incoming air. This means there is a constant flow of clean, fresh outside air being circulated within the building, improving indoor air quality, sustaining comfortable levels of warmth and reducing the levels of CO2 present.

Black adds:

“When the new ERU range is incorporated into a building’s design and combined with other measures such as glazing upgrades, cavity wall insulation or heating system improvements, energy consumption and carbon reduction will see a notable improvement.”

Furthermore, British Standard BS EN 13779 provides four classifications of indoor air quality that non-residential buildings should achieve. eCO PREMIUM units all feature F7 supply filters to ensure they achieves a ‘moderate air quality’ rating, unlike competitor products that typically use G4 filters and can only result in air quality that below the ‘low’ category.

And so, the message for installers and specifiers is clear; selecting an energy recovery unit is a cost-effective, highly efficient solution when refurbishing existing systems, and most certainly should be considered from the outset for new build projects.