Do Your Windows Need Trickle Vents?
Known as trickle vents, night vents, head vents, and slot vents, they are all one in the same and they all perform the same function. Many people swear by them, while others feel they are nice to have, but not a necessity. If you are thinking about single hung window installation, however, you are going to want to look into them.
A trickle vent is essentially a slot that is drilled into your window frame, over which a cover is placed with a little control on it that allows you to open and close the slot to allow air in. There are a number of different designs for trickle vents, including the through frame option, positioned over the head of the frame; the over frame design, which allows the trickle vent to be fitted over the frame when a through frame design is not possible; and the glazed in option, where the vent is fitted into the glazed area at the top of the glass.
Over the last few years, the major drive, especially in single hung window installation, has been to get as many people’s homes as possible as energy efficient as possible. Minimizing your environmental and carbon footprint, as well as helping you cut down on steadily growing energy and heating costs, are certainly important undertakings, but the downside to having a highly insulated, air-tight home is that the air quality inside can suffer.
This not only means that air becomes stale, it also means that you are more apt to experience problems with condensation. Keeping your home well thermoregulated is important, but so is your air quality and internal climate. Trickle vents, therefore, are quite necessary in the modern home, especially one that is very energy efficient.
Your windows don’t necessarily need the trickle vents, you and your family need trickle vents. A company that is adept at single hung window installation will be able to install trickle events easily and effectively, and you will certainly notice a difference in air quality with the ability to periodically allow fresh air in.
If you are thinking about new window installation and are wondering whether you should opt for trickle vents, the above information can help you make the most informed decision possible.