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  • Property-a-holics

    What type of window vents are these?

    I've seen this on council owned properties in my locale.

    They are the black rectangle that sits on each window. According to my neighbour they have been great at keeping condensation at bay but I haven't been able to see what they look like from the inside.

    The usual google search doesn't bring up vents like these at all unfortunately.

    Does anyone have any more info and how they're fitted? Looks like by removing the current pain of glass and re-fitting with a slightly less tall piece to take into account the vent.

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    Hi. search for "upvc trickle vent". You can buy them under £10. They are ideal for ventilation - especially in rooms which suffer from condensation or mould due to lack of air circulation. The vents can normally be adjusted from fully open to fully closed, you will need to educate tennants so they don't just close the vents or tape them up. Edit : the vents in the photo might not be trickle vents but suggest you consider them as a possible alternative.

    They are normally ordered as part of a new window, it is possible to fit them to existing windows but it's not a simple job. First you need to find a place on the frame where the vent will fit, mark the outline of the vent on the frame, optional - remove the glass, then (very carefully !) drill a series of holes through the frame. I've always fitted them next to a non-opening window but looking at your photos all 3 panes open so you might not be able to find anywhere suitable.

    An alternative would be to replace the windows with a similar style that has vents pre-installed, but that will be your most expensive option.

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    Agreed - that's why I reworded my info just after I posted it. Trickle vents are still an option worth considering.

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    I think you are better searching for 'glazed in trickle vents'. These can be easily fitted to an existing windows by removing the glazing unit and fitting the trickle vent and a new smaller glazing unit.  I would estimate about £50 if you are going to fit it yourself.

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    Thank you.

    I found them in the end under "glazed in window vents" :-)

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    Thanks for the update - I'm always willing to be learn !

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    They're not the same as the £10 trickle vents, these are trickle vents on steroids!

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