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As with any complex system comprising of numerous parts - some individual components are relatively unknown. A good example of this is the humble manifold chamber - an essential but low profile part of a ground source system (they are usually buried in the ground!)
A manifold chamber takes all of the pipes carrying the heat from the ground (usually 6 ports, but can be as many as 20 ) and converts them to two larger header pipes which go on to the heat pump itself.
We are increasingly being asked to quote for the installation of Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery systems (MVHR). Self builders will be only too aware that in their quest for better insulated and air-tight properties, building regulations are becoming ever more stringent and in order to comply with Part F for ventilation there is often a requirement to install MVHR.
The basic principle of MVHR is that it sucks warm stale air out of kitchens and bathrooms etc, extracts the heat to reuse, and feeds filtered fresh air back into the room. Although there is an extra cost involved, it does ensure an indoor air quality which "feels" like the outside, as well as moisture and odour management. It also avoids the need for trickle vents in windows - which as well as being irritatingly primitive, can look tacky!
For those of you who are interested in this sort of nitty gritty..
The photo below shows the contents taken from a strainer on the pipework from a ground loop into one of our heat pump systems. The system was just 5 months old at the time of the inspection....
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