Advice about ventilation to air shafts in historic apartment buildings?
February 15, 2013 10:31 AM Subscribe
Have you lived in an apartment in which some rooms are vented only to an air/ventilation shaft? What was your experience?
posted by analog to Home & Garden (7 answers total)
I was in an apartment that will be for rent soon - it is gorgeous, but the kitchen and bathroom windows both vent to an air/ventilation shaft that is not vented outside - just to a closed skylight (very old stone building in Ontario, Canada, late 1800s). There are no fans in either room and the windows are high (opened with a chain).
The building, which is an old mansion converted in apartments, is three stories, and this apartment is on the second floor. The kitchen is about 12' X 9' and the bathroom is usual bathroom size. There are three other big rooms to the apartment, all of which have external windows. The nearest external window to the bathroom and kitchen is about 21' away (not a straight line).
I am a bit of a fresh air junkie, and would generally rather be cold and feeling fresh than warm and cozy. In my current place, I crack open the bathroom window when I shower, even in the heart of winter. All of this makes me worry that the bathroom and kitchen venting situation in this place would bother me. If you have lived in this type of arrangement, what was your experience? Thanks!