Have you checked your trickle vents?
This article looks at a specific defect that we come across quite often which is condensation in properties. We also carry out building surveys, structural surveys, and structural reports together with engineer's reports, specific defect reports and dilapidations on commercial properties. If you need help and advice with regard to any property problems please feel free to call us on free phone 0800 298 5424 for a friendly chat regarding anything property related.
Adjustable trickle vents
Adjustable trickle vents can, as the name suggests, be adjusted to allow a trickle of air to ventilate a room. The trickle vents are opened and closed by hand and can be found at the top of a window.
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Added on trickle vents
Sometimes condensation can be such a problem and air movement is required to help resolve it that we see trickle vents have been added onto windows.
For example on this converted building that has been divided into many apartments there are condensation problems. To help to resolve this trickle vents have been added to the old sliding sash windows which is ironic as sliding sash windows are renowned for being drafty. However when this property was refurbished and the sliding sash windows improved then they were no longer drafty and there was a problem with lack of air movement and condensation occurred.
Hidden Trickle vents
Interestingly enough you will probably walk past windows which have hidden trickle vents present which is an everyday occurrence in more modern properties.
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Why is it important to have trickle vents?
It is important to have trickle vents because trickle vents give ventilation into a property which is a constant trickle of air which does help to create air movement. We often see properties where trickle vents have been blocked up and this is not recommended as it means that condensation is much more likely.
Trickle vents are not the complete solution to condensation but they do help.
Why is it important to ventilate a room?
Trickle vents help to cool the air and add less humid air in.
Take care when dealing with double glazing companies
Often replacement window companies selling double glazed windows from what we would term the cheaper end of the market install windows without trickle vents. When it comes down to cost every penny counts and if they can reduce the number of things they do by not having trickle vents for example then they can lower the cost.
Whilst we do not know, the actual cost of a trickle vent is it has to be relatively inexpensive as it is such a small element in the window as a whole. However our experience is that often double glazing window companies do not include trickle vents making the replacement windows without trickle vents cheaper for the customer and thereby securing an order but giving little thought to the future of the property, ventilation and the possible condensation that can occur.
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Add trickle vents to your windows and doors
We always recommend having trickle vents in windows particularly as today we like to heat our houses to almost the point where we wear T shirts all year round and very rarely open windows to vent a house. Trickle vents allow a trickle of air into a property although as you can see from the vents sizes this can be very minimal.
Back in the 1960s
High level air vents
High level air vents allow airflow to ventilate a property
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