Loving the silence

Ever since we moved house we have had one major gripe about the place. It has a WTW system. A mechanical installation which is great for recovering heat – or so it says, but other than that a pain in the proverbial.

How it works: Warm air is mechanically removed from the house and outside air brought in. The heat in in the warm air is used to warm up the outside air and the whole process is filtered. Seems a great choice from an environmental point of view.

However our WTW is noisy, very very noisy and to be honest I suspect it is not good for my allergies. The noise has three levels; loud, louder and annoying, loudest and totally irritating. We wanted it out of the house! But we were not sure it we could do that. After all if we’d change to just ventilation outward we’d need to have sufficient draft within the house for air to come back in. On top of that the system is connected to our central heating system, which came in when the house was built in 2004 and well was of building-grade You know ok but not high quality. It was due for replacement for something more high quality. We knew of neighbours with unsafe situations (including one with smoke development). That was a must to. But would we also look at the WTW? Could we do the whole change over in one go? Would we be relieved of the noise and would it be safe with the air?

We then found out that a number of neighbours had done exactly what we were back-and-forth-ing about. And no issues with air and the noise was so much better! We decided let’s go for it. This Thursday we had the new CV installed.

So on Wednesday we had to remove two installations out of our hall cupboard as they possibly would need to get into there. Everything is stored in the bedroom now and stacked up high. Our bedroom resembles tool cave shed type thing. Most interesting wake up in the morning that way. Anyway – they did not need to be in there after all. The CV people even ensured that our washing machine is now in that same area, That way the cupboard where it was is now empty and could become part of a bathroom renovation in the future some time.

And yes, the WTW removal resulted in what we wanted; perfect silence.


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About Gilraen

My blog is simply about my life. I moved countries for the first time in 1993. I lived in the Netherlands, UK and NZ. The initial idea was to keep my overseas friends up-to-date with what was going on in my life. The blog, like me, is always changing and evolving.
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3 Responses to Loving the silence

  1. draliman says:

    We have a similar system at work. It’s annoying enough there, I certainly wouldn’t want something that noisy at home!

    • Gilraen says:

      Most people don’t and in our neighbourhood they are being ripped out by the dozen at present.
      The thing is if it is installed correctly there is no issue. However certainly when our house was built they were all installed tubes at approx right angles and that causes air turbulence and noise.

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