Households Get Connected With the Svara from Vent Axia
- Published: Wednesday, 13 January 2016 09:40
Vent-Axia, the leader in low carbon ventilation, has brought new connectivity to the HEVAC sector with its Bluetooth-enabled Svara fan, the UK’s first App-controlled unitary fan. Thanks to the ground-breaking Svara, households can now download its free App on to their smartphone to control their ventilation from the comfort of their sofa.
The launch of Svara marks the next generation of unitary fans. Delivered factory set for continuous operation at low speed, with humidity and light sensors activated, Svara provides good indoor air quality and comfort. Once the Svara App is downloaded households can then unlock a whole range of different functions to control their home’s indoor air quality, such as a silent scheduling and automatic cycles, offering flexible ventilation to suit a household’s lifestyle.
“Svara is designed to offer households easily controllable comfort and allows them to take control of their indoor air quality via the App. This is a real bonus since indoor air quality is an issue that consumers are becoming increasingly aware of, with a raft of recent research illustrating the links between poor indoor air quality and health issues. Further to this, the householder will not be disturbed by the fan as it operates at just 17dBA, ensuring a peaceful environment” explains Jenny Smith, Marketing Manager at Vent-Axia.
A highly intelligent fan, Svara has three speed modes including a boost. The default setting speed is for trickle continuous flow at 10l/s, the second speed runs at 16l/s and is triggered by the light sensor and the boost speed is 30l/s and is activated by the humidistat. Once the fan is set up at installation all these sensors and speeds can be altered via the App to change the level of sensitivity that triggers them, and the speed of the fan within set parameters. Meanwhile, the fan will also prove popular with households thanks to its quiet running, operating at just 17 dBA on low trickle, and low power consumption of only 4W.
Leading the way in unitary fan design, the highly sophisticated Svara can sense when someone is in the room and then activate. This is achieved through a clever light sensor that recognises room occupancy through light movement and shadows, but can distinguish between car headlights flashes and people moving about to avoid nuisance running. A delay-on feature can also be set to avoid the fan being triggered in the night during quick bathroom visits. The light sensor also acts as an overrun timer, without having to be controlled through the light switch. This means in houses where there was only a basic fan before, the home owner can upgrade to a timer fan without having to rewire.
Svara also features an effective humidistat which reacts to sharp changes in humidity, for instance when someone is taking a shower. This helps control damaging humidity levels that can lead to condensation and mould and the associated health risks. To avoid nuisance running the clever Svara does not trigger at ambient humidity changes in the night.
Also useful is Svara’s silent scheduling and automatic cycles features. Silent Scheduling allows the homeowner to ensure that the fan does not go to boost. This is particularly useful overnight, or if there is a sleeping baby nearby. The automatic cycles allow users to activate the fan on particular days via the App, for instance it can be turned off during a holiday period. Alternatively during a holiday Svara can be set via the scheduling control to an airing mode which operates a purge function every 12 hours. However, Svara’s sophisticated controls will not purge if the light sensor detects someone is in the home using the room.
For electricians, Svara comes with lots of practical features that make it easy and flexible to install and maintain. Set up is made simple through Svara’s Bluetooth-enabled App which offers the options of intermittent or continuous ventilation; whether the humidistat triggers operation or not; and whether the fan should be controlled via a switch or a pull cord. No more fiddly switches and jumpers.
Ideal for retrofitting Svara is 100mm but comes with a convertor up to 160mm. Offering installation flexibility Svara has just one model and can be installed on the ceiling or wall. Meanwhile, an overrun timer can still be used, even if the property only has two electrical wires, removing the need for re-wiring.
The launch of the Svara is paving the way for other App controlled HEVAC products and offers more flexible installation and control for households.