Ventilating Bedrooms by Isa Stralian
The No 1 enemy of a fresh clean smelling home is odour.
One of the prevalent characteristics all homes have with children, particularly those of adolescent age, is odour.
Whether it be from socks, shoes or general hormonal secretions, bedrooms tend to get on the nose, particularly where the occupants are involved in high activity sports.
Added to this if the rooms have low ceilings and little air ingress to air wash the rooms. Ventilation in these rooms is even more essential in ensuring odours are not absorbed into the furnishings for a more lingering effect.
Purge vents are an ideal way of keeping the rooms fresher by venting into the roof space, allowing the odours to vacate without saturating the room fresheners or deodorants as a quick fix. Pollution or contamination is what it is, even when you buy it in a can with a nice flowery label.
A little like applying deodorant on oneself without bathing/showering.
Of course the benefit to this type of room venting is allowing the room to stay fresher during the whole year and cooler during the summer months, particularly of a summer’s evening when the room is able to cool down and purge it’s heat load through the ceiling vent, allowing the children to sleep better without the dehydrating effect of an overhead sweep fan.
A ceiling Purge Vent such as the Condor PP 250 or 300 is sufficient to meet the needs of any bedroom especially as the closure can be opened incrementally.
Its operation is by a control rod with the unit being opened and closed with a push/ pull action without having to climb or stand up on anything.
The Condor DCV unit is electrically powered and available with remote control
Children with respiratory problems, asthmatic etc will also benefit by having an adjustable ceiling register, or purge vent, vacating direct to atmosphere.
This mode of natural venting is called ‘trickle flow’ or ‘pressure displacement’ ventilation, which is aided by the roof ventilator.
When selecting venting equipment remember that plastic products have a limited life and finding a replacement at a later stage may not be so simple.