Ventilation is the process of changing or replacing air in a space in order to control temperature and remove moisture, smoke, odours, heat and dust while replenishing oxygen. A ventilation installer will work with the exchange of air inside and outside, as well as air circulating within a building. It’s a very important factor in controlling air quality indoors. Ventilation is either natural or mechanical/forced.
Ventilation installers specialise in many different areas. Ventilation installers will fit heating equipment and pipework systems, while ductwork installers install ductwork and ventilation systems. Domestic installers can fit central heating systems and will ensure they are functioning correctly. A service engineer will plan and carry out repairs and maintenance on all kinds of systems to make sure they’re working efficiently and safely. A commissioning engineer makes sure systems meet their original design specification, and test and check to ensure they do what the homeowner needs them to. A control engineer designs and install the control panels that operate and adjust heating systems.
Energy efficiency is an important and part of a heating and ventilation installers job as they are responsible for ensuring systems work efficiently to reduce fossil fuel consumption, carbon emissions and save energy. Heating and ventilation professionals also work with renewable energy heating systems like ground source heat pumps, which take the heat from underground and pump it to the surface into buildings to supply warm air.
When hiring a ventilation installer ensure they are knowledgeable on ventilation, heating and air conditioning as they often all work together. They should also be able to repair, service and maintain ventilation systems.