Ventilation And Air Quality Strategy In Rented House
Posted 27 August 2015 - 06:12 PM
We are renting a 5 bedroom house, which consists of a small stone farm workers house, extended massively in 2004. Effectively the owners bolted an entire house onto the side of the stone building, which itself became the living room. A pleasant benefit is that the house is still banded for council tax purposes as band A, saving me £700 a year .
The house has UPVC DG, but there are no trickle vents to be seen. There are four extraction fans in the house - three in bathrooms and the cooker hood.
The added complication is that the former tenant was a smoker, and did use two of the rooms to smoke in. In fairness to the landlord, he has spent a lot of time scrubbing the place down and then redecorating. There is however, still a lingering background smokiness in one room as well as the background aroma of air fresheners that were put in the house (which was vacant for 3 months) to help neutralize the smoking odour (although both have vastly improved over the last week following a thorough daily airing).
Ultimately, I know I'm going to have to open some windows (on half latch) to get some ventilation air into the house. It's how I deal with condensation and improve internal air quality in general when the weather is such that opening windows isn't realistic - looking for suggestions / experience of;
and an outside possibility on the air quality side touched on by Jeremy;
Posted 27 August 2015 - 07:14 PM
Posted 28 August 2015 - 08:44 AM
The house we rented over the winter was much the same, in that it didn't have trickle vents in the windows. What it did have was the extract vent for the cooker hood facing into the prevailing wind. The grille fitted to that vent was permanently open, thus ensuring a constant flow of fresh air into the house. Not an ideal solution by any stretch of the imagination.
Condensation in the bedrooms and bathrooms was still an issue, and one that even now, is showing signs of being a problem in this house, so I am certainly thinking a dehumidifier is a must, as is a ban on air drying clothes inside (tumble drier and fluffy towels await!).
Anyone have anything to say about air purifiers (good / bad / indifferent / waste of money) or indeed an ozone generator?
Posted 28 August 2015 - 08:54 AM
My mum has a few of the pots with the crystals in them and they do seem to work. The amount of water in them is unreal. Think she got them from asda.
Posted 28 August 2015 - 09:05 AM
Posted 28 August 2015 - 12:54 PM
Posted 28 August 2015 - 01:14 PM
Edited by joiner, 28 August 2015 - 01:49 PM.
Posted 05 September 2015 - 06:13 PM