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    Help with room ventilation

    I need help from all my DIY'ers on here. My "snake room" (which is basically a glorified utility closet) is about 5 1/2 by 7 1/2. Sounds kinda small but it does the job and keeps all my snakes isolated from the rest of the animals and kids in the house. In the winter I use an oil filled radiator on a lux thermostat and it works wonderfully keeping the ambient temp in the room between 80 and 82.

    The problem I have is in the summer. That room has NO ventilation in it at all. So in the summer I have to watch the temp in the room and when it gets around 84-85 I have to crack the door to let some of the heat out. It's still "locked" when I do this with an eye hook and come Paracord at the top of the door, it's cracked about 5-6 inches which let's a lot of the heat out. The kids still can't get in there without me so there's no worry there whatsoever. My big worry is my cats, IF they went in there I don't want them stressing any of the reptiles out and making my and their lives a nightmare.

    So my question is what would be the best way to vent that room without cutting a whole in the ceiling and roof, or an exterior wall for a window? Any help would be very much appreciated!
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    Re: Help with room ventilation

    Could you put a screened or partially screened door on that room? Maybe something with a screened window of sorts that can be opened as needed?


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    Re: Help with room ventilation

    Quote Originally Posted by jmcrook View Post
    Could you put a screened or partially screened door on that room? Maybe something with a screened window of sorts that can be opened as needed?


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    I definitely could do that. I guess I should've also added that it's a problem when we're gone for the day like we were today. If not for me brother stopping by the house today it would've been bad. By the time he got there it was almost 90 and that was only a few hours after we left for the day.

    If I left the door cracked all day and just screened it I would be worried about too much warm air getting out. Stuck between a rock and a hard place here.
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    Help with room ventilation

    Maybe a half screened door with a box fan…?could control the fan with a herpstat using the cooling settings, once it hits a certain temp the fan kicks on and sucks the hot air out of or blows cooler air into that room. Set it to like ~82° and once it hits that temp the fan runs until it drops below 82°.


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    Re: Help with room ventilation

    Quote Originally Posted by jmcrook View Post
    Maybe a half screened door with a box fan…?could control the fan with a herpstat using the cooling settings, once it hits a certain temp the fan kicks on and sucks the hot air out of that room. Set it to like ~82° and once it hits that temp the fan runs until it drops below 82°.


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    I have a 12" box fan in there that is always on just to circulate the air. I thought about cutting a hole in the door and putting a metal vent in it towards the top. Like the kind you would normally have in a closet that has a hot water heater or furnace in it. Would that let too much air out? If it were just a stationary vent that wouldn't open or close?
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    Re: Help with room ventilation

    Not a bad idea. Obviously would have to fiddle with it until you get the temps dialed as desired, but it could work. Then when you need the room to stay warmer/heated you could hang a blanket or something over the vent to cover it.


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    Honestly I'd be worried that you could also end up with a mold issue with all that warmth & no ventilation. I know it's more expensive & more effort, but IMO the best thing would be an up-duct- with a fan, like they install in bathrooms. You definitely need something for that "room", so you're not cooking your snakes- they shouldn't be 84-85* with no options to be cooler, & what if something comes up where you can't be home to open things up sometime- you know, things "happen"- I wouldn't want to risk harming my animals.
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    Help with room ventilation

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogertophis View Post
    - they shouldn't be 84-85* with no options to be cooler, & what if something comes up where you can't be home to open things up sometime.
    That’s exactly what he’s asking for help with


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    Re: Help with room ventilation

    Quote Originally Posted by jmcrook View Post
    That’s exactly what he’s asking for help with


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    Help with room ventilation

    Gotcha, I guess I kinda glazed over the bathroom fan suggestion which would probably help a bit. I was just trying to find solutions that fit toads criteria which were not cutting holes in his ceiling.


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