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35 Aughrim Rd
County Londonderry
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Northern Ireland
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About Beam Vacuum & Ventilation

In business since 1977 and with over 75,000 satisfied customers, BEAM are the leading specialists in providing clean air solutions throughout Ireland & UK.

Beam Central Vacuum Systems
The modern way to vacuum a home, this internal central vacuum system has many built in benefits, allowing you to vacuum faster, easier and more efficiently than ever before
  • Industrial strength suction & power
  • Clinically proven health benefits
  • Cleaning convenience at your fingertips

Heat Recovery Ventilation (MVHR)
MVHR systems are considered the most energy efficient method of ventilating an airtight dwelling and offer benefits to your health and your home.
  • Constant cleaned, warmed fresh filtered air
  • Reduces symptoms for asthma and allergy sufferers
  • Contributes to the energy efficiency of the home

Mechanical Extract Ventilation (MEV)
Enjoy the benefits to your health and home with a BEAM demand controlled mechanical extraction ventilation system
  • No need for noisy, multiple extractor fans
  • Eliminates condensation & mould growth
  • Energy Saving Trust compliant

Positive Input Ventilation (PIV)
Poor ventilation caused streaming windows, musty odours, dampness, condensation mould growth and excessive carbon dioxide in the home – a PIV system helps stop this.
  • Eliminate condensation & mould growth
  • Improve Indoor Air Quality
  • Suitable for new & Existing homes

Weld Fume Extraction
Extraction and control of weld fumes in the workplace has always been a legal requirement for operators under the existing CoSHH Regulation 7. Practical weld fume extraction solutions we provide include:
  • Weld Fume Extraction at source
  • Welding Enclosures at Robot Cells
  • On-torch weld fume extraction

Dust Extraction
We offer a range of dust extraction systems including centralised, portable collectors, on-tool extraction, downdraft tables – all of which improve the air quality withing many industrial processes and sectors.
  • Portable Dust Collectors
  • Extraction Tables
  • Centralised systems

Industrial Portable Vacuum Systems
Our range includes Atex Rated, Single and Three Phase, Compressed Air, HEPA, Wet Collection, Heavy Duty, Truck or Platform vacuum cleaners
  • 3 Phase
  • Single Phase
  • Atex Rated

Local Exhaust Ventilation
Our BOHS P604 qualified in-house engineers are accredited in fully commissioning or re-commissioning an LEV system, ensuring it has been designed properly and can effectively control airborne contaminants in the workplace.

Fume Extraction
We provide fume extraction systems and solutions for many different areas such as welding, vehicle exhaust, soldering, oil mist, thermal cutting, painting etc.
  • Cleaner and safer work environment
  • Improved working conditions
  • Meets H&S regulations

Self Retractable Vacuum Hose Reels
We offer a range of hoses with self-retractable hosereels, which quickly return to their initial position upon being let go.
  • Wall / Trolley Mounted
  • Reduce time to manually collect and store hose
  • Easily installed

Reviews & Testimonials for Beam Vacuum & Ventilation

5 star review
January 30, 2019
I was impressed by your engineer, explaining everything to me and what was needed to fix my beam
Testimonial by
Mary O'Neill
5 star review
January 28, 2019
The engineer was polite and reassuring
Testimonial by
Mark Jackson
5 star review
November 30, 2018
Attention to detail is fantastic
Testimonial by
David Cunningham
5 star review
November 29, 2018
From the start to the finish of the installation the guys at beam have been very professional . The vacuum system is just a great addition to our new home ,very powerful and very handy to have ,let's hope it lasts the test of time with the correct servicing. All in all a very positive experience with the guys from Beam. A++
Testimonial by
Graham Bell
5 star review
October 22, 2018
I would not like to be without my Beam. It can do carpet or hard floors.
Testimonial by
Mary Crawford
5 star review
December 09, 2016
I had the Beam Vacuum System in our house in 1984 - 32 years. There has been little or no problems with this system unless i have blocked the pipes with a large object - (my fault)

The service team are polite and efficient at all times. I would recommend the Beam system - it is also relatively quiet and dust free.
Testimonial by
L McBurney
5 star review
December 02, 2016
I have always found this organisation to be easy and helpful to deal with. The Beam Vacuum System is something i would recommend to anyone building or buying a new home. Over the 20 years i have had it, it has been totally reliable.
Testimonial by
T Graham
5 star review
November 24, 2016
I am a huge fan of this vacuum system. It is very good value and so easy to use. It is also very versatile as i have used it on many different surfaces and rooms over the years. No more buying expensive vacuum bags and no dragging a heavy vacuum around the house or up the stairs. Love it!
Testimonial by
M Crozier
Beam Vacuum & Ventilation. 5 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.



What happens at 'First Fix' and 'Second Fix' when building a home?

Our blog post ‘The Selfbuild Timeline’ outlines some of the main steps in building your own home, but in this article, we look at what tasks you may need to organise during the First and Second Fix stages of your build project.

First fix during your house build refers to the work carried out after the building has been made watertight, and before plastering internally.

What happens during the First Fix when building your home?
Your electrician will install the bare-bones of the electrical system, including the installation of sockets, switches and light fittings – much of this work will not be visible once your house is complete.
Ventilation ducting is installed. This should be completed before any other services are positioned below the concrete slab (if the house is a timber frame construction, ventilation pipework will need to be in place before partition walls and floors).
A plumber will install your pipework for the water supply, wastewater drainage and your heating system.
Ducting for your Central Vacuum System within the internal walls will need to be installed when stud walls are in place but before any plasterboard goes on.
Joinery work - this will include building stud walls, roof struts, door frames and floor joists.
What happens during the Second Fix when building your home?
During the second fix of your selfbuild, much of the finishing work is completed, taking place after the house is plastered internally. See our recent blog ‘The Selfbuild Timeline’ for more details on the stages of building your own home. The Second Fix may include the following:

Your electrician will install face plates on light switches and plug sockets, along with your light fittings. The main fuse board will be connected up allowing all wiring to be tested - all light switches and plug sockets should work and be safe at this stage.
All plumbing appliances will be connected, tested and commissioned. This includes bathroom sanitaryware, radiators and boilers - the aim being when you turn the water on, it doesn't all end up on the floor!
Central Vacuum System ducting will be laid in floors when plastering is almost complete and before the floor screed has been poured. If installing underfloor heating, the vacuum ducting needs laid before this is put down. For central vacuum units being installed in a detached garage, a 4” trench duct to carry the vacuum pipe must also be installed at this stage.
Your joiners will do all their finishing touches after the plastering to get the house finished. This will include fitting your internal doors, skirting boards, architraves and kitchens.
The remainder of your fixtures and fittings will be put in place, including kitchen and bathroom appliances etc.
Once the Second Fix is complete, your Central Vacuum unit can be hung and connected, and it is important to be doing this before any floor tiles are put down. The Mechanical Ventilation system can now be installed and tested for airflow rates and system balancing by a fully qualified BEAM engineer.

Building your own home is a huge undertaking but very rewarding and being aware of the stages of the project and what happens at each is critical. Learn more in our blog post ‘The Selfbuild Timeline’ and contact an expert at BEAM for advice on all your central vacuum and mechanical ventilation requirements.
HRV Ducting. Does it really matter?

If you want to achieve the maximum benefits of heat recovery, it’s critical the system is installed correctly using best practice materials and procedures.

An HRV System consists of 3 elements: the ventilation unit usually located in the loft or cupboard/hot-press/utility room, a network of ductwork, and supply and extraction ceiling valves in each habitable room.

The ducting of an HRV System plays a crucial role in the efficiency of the overall system performance. In this article, we consider important aspects of Heat Recovery System Ducting and what the recommended solutions and procedures are.

Heat Recovery Ventilation – Best Practice
A 'Branch' type of ducting system is widely recognised as being the industry standard. This type of system involves a supply duct and an extract duct coming from the HRV unit, which goes through the property with a separate duct branching off into each room or area where a supply or extract valve is required.

This type of ducting system allows for excellent airflow rates which will contribute to the overall performance of the system.

The Optimal Size of Ducting Used
The size of ducting used for the installation of a Heat Recovery Ventilation system will depend on factors such as the required airflow. Ducts connected to the unit will usually come in industry standard diameters of either 5, 6, 8 or 10 inches, the size dependant on the unit being used. In general, the larger and more powerful the unit, the larger the ducting to allow for adequate airflow throughout the system.

As the ducts branch off towards each vent the size of ducting will decrease. For example, where the initial duct is servicing all valves it may have a 10” diameter, which may then reduce to 6” where it branches off to service a single valve.

In some cases, rectangular shaped ducting can be used, known as flat channel ducting. This may be used in areas where space may be an issue, such as within the ceiling void.

What Materials should your Ducting be made from?
The materials used for your ducting is critical for the performance of the Heat Recovery Ventilation System. BRE recommends using smooth flow rigid ducting – pipework made from solid plastic or metal with a smooth inner surface. Solid smooth flow ducting can offer the following benefits:

Provides a higher heat efficiency
Low-pressure loss resulting in low energy use
Efficient low velocity producing less noise
Resistant to crush damage
Easily cleaned and maintained
The overall performance of any heat recovery ventilation system can depend on the type and size of the ducting used. At BEAM, we offer the highest standards of installation, using only precision engineered metal and plastic solid smooth flow rigid ducting where possible, which is properly insulated in all cold spaces to avoid condensation forming within the pipework. All ducts are triple sealed (glued, screwed and taped) to ensure no loss of air.

For help and advice with your project or information on heat recovery ventilation systems from BEAM, contact us now to speak with one of our fully qualified technical engineers.
What are Volatile Organic Compounds and how can they be reduced?

There are many things to consider that can have an impact on the comfort your new house can offer, one being the quality of indoor air – probably something you haven’t thought much about in the past!

A major contributor to poor indoor air quality are Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) - tiny airborne particles usually emitted as a gas from various solids or liquids, and as the word ‘volatile’ suggests these can be harmful to your health, and detrimental to the comfort of your home.

Where do VOC’s come from?
Most VOC’s are contained within typical household items used for day to day housekeeping. Cleaning supplies such as disinfectants, polish, air fresheners and aerosol sprays are the most common, but craft products such as adhesives and paint are also contributors, as are some home heating fuels. In most cases these harmful compounds are released while the products are in use, but worryingly some are released into the air while in storage – even dry-cleaned clothing!

What are the effects of VOC’s
Volatile compounds will affect people in different ways, but the most common include:

Irritation of the eyes, nose or throat
Nausea, headaches or poor co-ordination/dizziness
Skin reactions
Damage to internal organs such as liver, kidneys and the nervous system
Some suggestions that they can contribute to cancer in humans
How to reduce Volatile Organic Compounds in your home
There are 3 main ways you can reduce the amount of VOC’s in your home:

Reduce the amount of VOC’s you release into the air by using less harmful substances. This could mean cutting back on aerosols, burning fewer candles or using less air fresheners. You could also change any fossil fuels you burn in the house for heat.
Follow the manufacturers guidelines when you do have to use harmful substances. These are usually printed on an attached label and will include vital information for usage and storage to ensure the effects and risks are minimised.
Provide good ventilation in your home, ideally using a system that will both supply and extract air, such as a Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) system. This will provide clean air 24/7, with fresh filtered air supplied to your habitable rooms and moist polluted air extracted, including any harmful VOC’s that are present.
If you are building a new home, make sure you put indoor air quality high up your list of priorities. Installing an MVHR system from BEAM offers many health benefits and helps get rid of all those nasty VOC’s that could be doing damage to your health.

Contact BEAM now for expert advice on how to ventilate your home.

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A breath of fresh air for new build homes

Your homes air quality – it’s not an airy fairy matter!

Help keep your home pollen free

*US Environmental Protection Agency
What does MVHR do and how does it work?

One important consideration is how you plan to ventilate your property.

This is even more important if you are building an airtight home, especially if you are investing in a high level of insulation or triple glazed windows etc. Mechanical ventilation allows for fresh clean air to be distributed into habitable rooms while stale moist air is removed, with this air change happening continuously throughout your home.

You may like to read: Why ventilate your home?

Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery
Installing Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery is the ideal solution for ventilating properties with high levels of air tightness. Not only does it provide the required ventilation rates, but also incorporates heat exchange to provide a highly energy efficient solution. The concept of an MVHR system is to bring fresh air from the outdoors into the unit and at the same time extract warm moist air from wet rooms within the home. Both airflows will pass through a filter and then a heat exchanger where heat is transferred from the extracted air to the fresh filtered air that is then distributed to living areas within the home.

This process of air movement – extracting stale moist air from wet rooms and distributing clean fresh filtered air to living areas, is a continuous process resulting in the air within the house changing completely approximately every 2 hours (dependant on fan speeds). Ventilation, therefore, provides a method of improving air quality within the home, which can bring numerous health benefits.

Read more about the benefits of MVHR

MVHR v’s Air Conditioning
Heat recovery ventilation is not to be confused with air conditioning – the process of warming or cooling air that is already present in the room. As MVHR facilitates air movement, and the exchange of heat that is already present within the home, it will NOT cool the air or heat the air to a temperature greater than that already existing inside the house. A system provided by BEAM does include a Summer Bypass facility – whereby the incoming air avoids being warmed in the heat exchanger. This, however, will still NOT cool the air within the home that has been generated by extremely high solar gain – it would be best to open a window to help in this situation.

Find out more about MVHR or get in touch with an expert who can answer all your questions and provide recommendations on what mechanical ventilation system will work best for your home comfort.

Contact Us Now for more advice or a free no obligation quotation

Top 5 Ways to Reduce Asthma and Allergy Symptoms in Your Home

20% of households in the UK have an asthma sufferer living in the house*. Those affected are keen to embrace different methods of reducing the symptoms. In this blog post, we consider 5 ways to reduce asthma and allergy symptoms in your home.

  1. Keep furniture and fittings allergen free

  2. Indoor furniture and fittings can act as a trap for allergens when made from certain materials. When buying your next sofa, opt for fabrics that are easy to clean such as leather. For flooring options, use the same principal and choose hard flooring such as tiles or wood where harbouring allergens are not as prominent.

  3. Keep your pets clean and well groomed

  4. You don’t have to get rid of your furry friends, but you might want to consider keeping them away from living areas to avoid animal dander (that’s little particles of protein found in animals’ skin) from getting into the air. If your pets are kept indoors, make sure they are groomed and bathed regularly to minimise the impact.

  5. Keep smoke outdoors

  6. When a person inhales tobacco smoke, even passive smoking, irritating particles settle in the lining of the airways. These irritants can trigger asthma symptoms. If you live with a smoker, ask them to smoke outside to reduce the chance of you inhaling second-hand smoke.

  7. Sleep tight – dust free!

  8. Tiny dust mites are common on mattresses, bedding and most soft coverings, and act as a trigger for asthma symptoms. As you spend much of your time in bed it makes sense to keep these furnishings as dust free as possible. Consider a good plastic mattress cover or even vacuum your mattress regularly to help remove allergens.

  9. Check how clean your cleaning products are

  10. Household cleaning products, especially aerosols and sprays, can leave chemical toxins lingering in the air which act as irritants for asthma sufferers. Consider using natural non-toxic substances to help reduce your asthma symptoms.

Keeping your home dust free will help reduce symptoms of most asthma and allergy sufferers. A BEAM Central Vacuum System offers additional benefits, with no recirculating or dirt and debris in livings areas as all waste is removed from the point of cleaning to the vacuum power unit typically located in a utility room or garage.

Good ventilation will also help with reducing symptoms. Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery systems offer clean fresh warmed air throughout the home. A HERU MVHR unit from BEAM also offers large surface long-life Pollen Grade filters which will provide even more comfort for asthma sufferers.

If you suffer from asthma or allergies get in touch with our experts to find out how BEAM Vacuum and Ventilation Systems can help.

5 Key Triggers of Asthma in your Home

There are many triggers of asthma, some of which can be found in the home. In this blog post, we consider 5 key triggers and how you can take measures to reduce the symptoms.

1. Airborne Allergens

Sneezing is a typical reaction to airborne allergens as the body reacts to something in the air. These allergens can include pollen, dust mites, animal fur or feathers. Keeping pets indoors can increase the likelihood of a reaction, and if you have animals in the home make sure you vacuum regularly to remove as much pet dander as possible.

2. Airborne Irritants

Fumes in the home such as cigarette smoke can trigger a reaction from the body including coughing, teary eyes or a runny nose. If there are smokers in the household it would be beneficial to smoke outside to avoid producing harmful pollutants indoors.

3. Indoor Humidity

High levels of humidity and condensation can cause mould or damp patches on surfaces. Mould produces allergens, irritants and sometimes toxic substances. Inhaling or touching mould spores can trigger asthma symptoms such as sneezing, red eyes and skin rash, and can potentially cause full-blown asthma attacks.

4. Open fires

An open fire can make asthma symptoms worse for some sufferers. Burning various fossil fuels can give off fine particles and breathing these in can cause irritation in the body’s airways.

5. Cleaning

Many of today's cleaning products such as polish, detergents, air fresheners or oven cleaners etc contain a wide mix of chemicals which can act as irritants. Try to avoid sprays as these are more likely to trigger symptoms.

Most asthma symptoms are triggered by particles in the air you breathe. It is essential that you maintain a high level of indoor air quality to help reduce the symptoms of asthma.

A BEAM Central Vacuum System in your home can reduce the number of airborne allergens as all dust and dirt particles are completely removed from the point of cleaning to the vacuum power unit, typically located in utility rooms or garages. There is no recirculating of dust like a portable vacuum – a real benefit for asthma and allergy sufferers.

Mechanical ventilation systems provide constant clean fresh air into your home, helping to eliminate some airborne irritants, reducing condensation levels and preventing mould. With an MVHR system from BEAM, you are able to maintain high indoor air quality in an energy efficient way.

Get in touch with one of our experts to discuss how BEAM can improve the quality of air in your home and help reduce the symptoms of asthma.

The Effects of Mould on your Health

What is Mould?

Mould is a type of fungus which grows under certain conditions. It can be found in a variety of colours ranging from black to green to white. In small amounts mould spores are usually harmless. However, when left untreated in a damp spot it begins to grow and when this happens spores can easily be released into the air which is then inhaled by occupants of the home.

What causes mould in my home?

Mould growth is a sign of condensation which is caused by excess moisture in the air. There are a variety of reasons as to why this occurs including:

  • Poor ventilation in the home
  • Excess moisture in the home from daily tasks such as cooking, showering and drying clothes indoors.
  • In a newly built home the water used when house was built has not dried out yet

What are the impacts of mould in my home?

Mould can become dangerous if left unchecked and does not only destroy the surface it’s growing on, but can have adverse effect on your health if not dealt with quickly.
There’s growing evidence that exposure to mould can cause headaches and breathing difficulties, as well as nausea and fatigue. It also has been recognised as an allergen and has been identified as a trigger for respiratory problems such as Asthma.

How to get rid of mould?

The mould already present must be cleaned in order to stop it from spreading.There are three easy steps to achieve this.

  1. Using specialist mould removal product and spray it on the surface where the mould is growing.

  2. Get a hard bristled brush and using the solution, scrub the infected area.

  3. Make sure all moisture is dried from the wall.

It’s important to note that bleach or any other household cleaning solution may not effectively get rid of mould.

How can I prevent mould from returning?

The steps above will get rid of the mould but won’t prevent it from coming back. Therefore, it’s important that a proper prevention method is put in place to stop future outbreaks. Introducing proper ventilation within the home can help towards stopping mould problems for good.

An AXCO Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) unit from Beam are sophisticated energy efficient whole home ventilation and condensation control units designed to continuously gently ventilate the home from a central position on the landing or the central hallway. Moisture-laden air is then diluted, displaced and replaced with subtle fresh filtered air, forcing contaminants out of the property through natural leakage points or extract fans in wetrooms. Suitable for existing and new homes, a PIV is quiet running and provides a draught-free living environment.

Installing a Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) system will help to improve the ventilation within your home and will help stop mould returning in the future.

How much is a PIV?

Whatever the type or size of your home, we have a PIV system to suit your needs. Prices start from £375.00 + VAT (€450.00 + VAT).

For more information or to discuss mould problems in your home, contact us today.

6 Tips to Reduce Condensation

Condensation can cause serious damage to your property. The following 6 changes can help reduce condensation in your home.

  1. Try not to overfill enclosed spaces, including kitchen cupboards and clothes wardrobes. Trapped air moisture together with a lack of ventilation creates the perfect environment for mould growth, as the air is not able to circulate freely. A stale or musty smell is a sure sign that your cupboards are overfilled!

  2. Make sure your washing machine and tumble dryer are properly vented to the outside. When you are washing and drying clothes in a machine, water is constantly emitted into the air, adding to the moisture levels already present.

  3. Dry any clothes you have washed outside, or in a tumble dryer vented to the outside. Always avoid drying clothes over a radiator!

  4. Install a positive input ventilation system. A PIV system is a whole house ventilation and condensation control unit that provides fresh filtered air throughout the home. This will displace the stale moist air which could lead to condensation and mould. BEAM are experts in ventilation systems so get in touch for professional advice.

  5. Close the kitchen door when cooking! Moisture in the air can cause condensation if it comes into contact with cold surfaces. Reduce the moisture in the kitchen by covering pans with a lid and don’t forget to use that overhead extractor fan if you have one available.

  6. Reduce the amount of heat lost in your property to avoid cold surfaces where condensation can form by using double glazing, loft insulation or draft proofing.

If you are having problems with condensation and mould in your house get in touch with a BEAM Expert who can help.

5 Signs you have a condensation problem

Condensation can result in damage to your property and your health. It’s the result of warm moist air coming into contact with cold surfaces, which causes little droplets of water to form. Sometimes it may be obvious that there is a condensation problem, but here are some common signs that you may not be aware of.

  • Damp patches on the walls. These may be more apparent on painted walls but less obvious on walls that have been covered with wallpaper. Simply touching the wall with your hand can tell if the wall has a damp spot or staining signs.

  • Mould growth. This is probably the sign of condensation most people will be familiar with. Mould can form anywhere there is moisture, oxygen and warmth, typically forming in areas around windows, damp corners, cupboards etc.

  • Streaming windows. Water droplets forming on windows is the result of condensation – the process of warm moist air coming into contact with a cold surface, turning the warm vapour into a liquid.

  • Peeling wallpaper. Condensation can cause wallpaper to peel from the walls. This is because the surface behind the paper will become damp and the paper is no longer able to stick properly.

  • Musty smell within wardrobes or enclosed spaces. Condensation can cause mould, which in turn can produce a stale unpleasant smell. This smell is much more prevalent in enclosed spaces where there is little room for fresh air to circulate.

Reducing the signs of condensation

Most signs of condensation are caused by excess moisture in the air, that leads to the process of condensation producing water droplets and subsequently results in damp surfaces. Reducing the moisture in the air can reduce the process of condensation.

A Positive Input Ventilation system will provide fresh clean filtered air into the home. The system will force stale moist air out of the house through natural leakage points such as windows, under doors and letter boxes etc.

Get in touch with one of our experts to find out how a BEAM PIV system can help reduce condensation within your home.

What is Condensation?

Condensation can damage your property if not managed or avoided altogether, and can contribute to various health conditions such as allergies or asthma. So what is condensation and how can it be controlled with the use of adequate ventilation?

In a nutshell, condensation is the process by which substances change from a gas or vapour to a liquid, usually as a result of a drop in temperature. So what substances will cause condensation within the home? Every household will generate warm moisture that gathers in the air. This will come from everyday activities such as cooking, bathing and washing. It will also come from our own breathing! The moisture that is in the air will then come into contact with cold surfaces and the process of condensation will convert it from a vapour to water droplets. A good example is the hot steam from a shower coming into contact with a cold mirror.

How to control condensation

Having a constant flow of fresh air throughout your property can help control and manage condensation. A Positive Input Ventilation System is a small unit installed in a central part of the home, usually in the loft above the hallway. The system provides a constant supply of fresh filtered air into the house, which forces the moist stale air out of the property through natural leakage points (this would typically be under doors, letter boxes, windows, chimneys etc), helping to reduce the condensation issue.

Do you have a problem with condensation in your home? Contact us now for expert advice on how a PIV system from BEAM can help.
6 Reasons to buy a BEAM central Vacuum System

Are you in the process of building a new home? It’s a big job, with a lot to consider from costs and benefits to fixtures and fittings. At BEAM Vacuum & Ventilation we want to help you understand why a BEAM Central Vacuum System as a must have appliance in your new home.

1. Health Benefits

Indoor air pollution is one of the most common problems for allergy sufferers. Using a BEAM Central Vacuum System in your home is clinically proven to improve the indoor air quality by up to 52%. How? The BEAM Central Vacuum System power unit is located is located away from the point of cleaning (i.e. in a garage or utility room), so there’s no recirculated dust in the home which you would typically get if you were dragging around a portable vacuum cleaner. All dust, mites, pollen, animal dander and other allergens are removed from the living areas directly to the vacuum power unit, leaving the air you breathe completely free of harmful irritants.

Central Vacuum Systems are ideal to install with Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) systems where you are assured of clean air, even after vacuuming.

2. Convenience

Vacuuming your new home will be so much easier. It’s simply a case of inserting the 9m lightweight hose to one of the strategically located inlets in the wall, and control the suction from the variable speed switch on the hose handle. Vacuuming the kitchen gets even easier too! Every BEAM Central Vacuum System comes with a VACPAN®, an automatic dustpan built into your kitchen. Just activate it by switching it on with your toe, sweep the floor debris up and watch it disappear. No more stooping or bending to use a dustpan!

The vacuum inlets are strategically located in central locations, typically allowing you to vacuum several rooms from one inlet – no finding plugs etc.

3. Lightweight

Vacuuming in the home is typically a chore that many of us would like to do as little as possible. Who likes the hassle of lifting and carrying about a heavy portable vacuum cleaner, trying to avoid banging it off the doors and taking chunks out of the furniture.

4. Less Noise

With a BEAM Central Vacuum System, the power unit is located in a utility room or garage, meaning you’ll never have to listen to a noisy vacuum motor while vacuuming again, as the motor noise is eliminated from the point of cleaning. That means you can continue with your phone call, keep watching the television, or even vacuum while the children are asleep!

5. Power & Performance

Power is undoubtedly one of the key measures of performance, and it’s common to think that the greater the motor power in Watts, the better the performance. However, there are other things to consider. Waterlift refers to how much water the motor will lift vertically, and airflow is the force of the air movement across the surface where the
Stop Condensation before it starts!

Waking up to streaming windows can be the first sign of a condensation problem in a house.

When left to develop, condensation can lead to mould growth and form a musty odour in a property. Other visible signs would be the appearance of damp patches on walls and peeling wallpaper. More importantly, it can also aggravate or trigger health problems such as asthma and wider complaints.

So what exactly is condensation and what causes it?

• Condensation occurs when warm moist air comes into contact with colder air. The warm air is unable to retain the same amount of moisture as it did and the water is released either into the cold air or onto the colder surface, causing condensation to form.
• It can be a significant problem for homeowners. With improved building features such as cavity wall insulation, double glazing and draught proofing, the amount of “natural ventilation” is reduced, therefore allowing these ugly side effects to appear. Condensation can tend to surface more at night when we are sleeping as temperatures are usually lower in our homes at this time.
• Daily routines such as showers, baths, boiling kettles, cooking and drying clothes all contribute to condensation in a house. The level of moisture as well as the temperature in your house and the surface temperature of the windows are also key factors in the overall condensation that will form.
What can I do to stop condensation?
Simple steps like avoiding drying clothes indoors on radiators and ensuring extractor fans are working properly will help prevent condensation.
Installing a Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) system from Beam will also help eliminate condensation and mould growth, whilst providing clean, fresh, filtered air into your house.

What is a PIV and how does it work?
Typically located in the loft space area, a PIV system is a sophisticated energy efficient whole home ventilation and condensation control unit.
A ceiling diffuser is placed in a central position on the landing or hallway, through which filtered air continuously but gently ventilates the home.
Moisture-laden air is then diluted, displaced and replaced with subtle fresh filtered air, forcing contaminants out of the property through natural leakage points or extract fans in wetrooms. Suitable for existing and new homes, a PIV is quiet running and provides a draught-free living environment.
Any other benefits?
• The fresh filtered air improves indoor air quality and the health of asthma sufferers.
• During the heating season, energy loss occurs by opening windows to reduce humidity and condensation. By installing a PIV system and providing fresh filtered air to the house, humid air is displaced without opening windows thus allowing significant energy savings.
• An integral pre-heater is designed to temper the incoming air during periods of low external temperatures to prevent the incoming air falling below 10oC.
• A built-in hours run me
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