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Renewed interested in IAQ after COVID-19

A leading HVAC industry figure is predicting a renewed interest in indoor air quality amongst homeowners, residents and developers.

Representative of Unico Systems, Richard Soper

Richard Soper, a former chief executive of Worcester Bosh, is now representing Unico Systems’ which is launching its small duct heating, cooling and ventilation into the UK.

Mr Soper said that now is the time for installers to explore new technologies and to be a lot more vocal about indoor air quality to those outside of the industry.

He said: “We’re all spending much more time at home due to COVID-19 and having had some incredibly hot days in spring people are already looking towards yet another record summer and considering how to improve conditions in the home. Both air conditioning and filtration are common in cars, but with the ban on non-essential travel in effect even this has been out of bounds for most of us.

“With the UK set to get even hotter over the coming years, demand for the type of climate control and filtration currently only found in cars is only going to increase.”

Soper continued: “There are HVAC options out there that are both cost-comparative, more effective and a lot quieter than traditional split systems and the latest plugin options.

“We now have systems that can provide year-round ventilation, an increasing necessity in air-tight homes, which according to a report last year saw 3.5 times the levels of indoor air pollution compared to outdoor. Coupled with additional filtration and electric air cleaners, homeowners and developers have the opportunity to kill and remove disease and allergen inducing bugs and microbes in the home.”

Mr Soper concluded: “IAQ will be an integral part of making the places we work and live safer in a post coronavirus world. Understanding and being vocal about the types of HVAC technologies that can help improve indoor environments is key.”

16 June 2020

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