Working in a garden room can be an extremely pleasant experience; the variety of plants, the interior design, and the view across your lawn can all be soothing and relaxing.
During summer, however, your garden room could become hot and stuffy, which is certain to affect the quality of your output, your levels of productivity and your enjoyment in your work and surroundings.
This problem can be quickly, often easily, dealt with by ensuring that you have adequate ventilation in your garden room. Ventilation is extremely important in any building as poorly ventilated rooms can cause issues with damp and mould, both of which can pose a risk to health, condensation can also be a problem in rooms lacking proper ventilation. The ventilation in a garden room will not only keep the temperature at an acceptable level, it will also help to clear airborne pollutants and stale smells.
Install Roof Vents
Roof vents are a safe and secure way of achieving ventilation of your garden room and they can be fitted to both flat and pitched roofs. A roof vent will allow the hot air to escape, keeping your garden room cooler during the summer. Opening a window and a roof vent will allow air to flow throughout your garden room; this is a very effective way to ventilate. Roof vents also help to prevent condensation and bad smells. It is possible to install roof vents on a DIY basis.
Invest in a Skylight
Skylights are a very popular way of adding ventilation and natural light to a building, as with roof vents skylights can be fitted to both flat and pitched roofs. Flat roof skylights are available in a variety of shapes, including completely flat and flush with the roof, hatches, domes and lanterns. Pitched roof skylights are generally flat and flush to the roof and they are hinged at one point for opening. Both flat and pitched roof skylights can be opened electrically and via remote control if desired. Although it is a more complex operation compared with fitting a roof vent, it is also possible to install skylights on a DIY basis; however, due to the weight of skylights, it will take more than one person to carry out the installation.
A cheap and easy way to ventilate your garden room is to install vents in the walls and/or doors. This type of vent can be fitted on a DIY basis. Vents designed to be fitted to external walls and doors have a sliding cover so they can be closed if your garden room becomes too chilly, vents intended to be fitted to internal walls and doors generally have no cover to allow airflow between rooms, although external vents can be fitted instead if you would prefer a sliding cover on your internal walls or doors.
Although air conditioning units are best known for keeping rooms at a cool temperature, they are actually good at ventilating as well. Air conditioners constantly circulate the air by removing warm, stale air and replacing it with air cleaned by its filters. Keeping a window or vent open a little whilst your air conditioner is in operation will help to ensure that fresh air is circulated around your garden room.
The louvre window is an excellent form of ventilation, allowing stale air to escape and fresh air to flow in. Louvre windows became unfashionable because they were once considered to be a major security risk but modern louvres are said to be very secure, they are key lockable and security screens are an added option.
Electric fans are a very good way to keep the air circulating throughout your garden room; they are a quick and easy way in which to cool a hot room. Electric fans are available in a range of different sizes and performance ratings and they can even be solar powered to help reduce your carbon footprint. A half open window and a large electric fan in the corner of a garden room will help to ventilate the room very effectively, particularly if the fan is switched to oscillation mode. A smaller, desktop electric fan will help keep you cool during those hotter days but it will not do a lot to ventilate the whole room. A ceiling fan is a very effective way to ventilate a room and keep its occupants cool, although they are not as fashionable as they once were. A problem with electric fans when used in an office is that they tend to blow paperwork everywhere, so you may want to invest in a few paperweights.
Electric Extractor Fan
Electric extractor fans are different from standard electric fans in that they extract stale and humid air from inside a room and expel it outside. Circulation is achieved when fresh air then enters the room via a vent or window. Extractor fans are most commonly used in bathrooms, where they are often turned on automatically when the light cord is pulled; they are also used in kitchens where they are placed above the cooker and hob.
Open a Door or a Window
Of course the easiest way to achieve ventilation in a garden room is to open a door or a window, although you can only do this when your garden room is occupied or you will have an issue with security. You may also wish to avoid doing this when it is very cold or windy. Maximum ventilation will be achieved with this method if you open a door at one end of your garden room and a window at the other end, allowing air to flow through, another option is to open a window and a skylight or roof vent, this will have the same desired effect on airflow.
Ventilating a garden room need not be difficult or expensive and it can make an enormous difference to the air quality, the temperature and even your own wellbeing.