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Imgood 07-14-2008 05:05 AM

How should I circulate air in small space?
 
I have a small office room - it has a door.

There are no windows, mostly walls of glass.

The room itself is within a larger room that has windows leading directly outside.

Trouble is, getting "good" air to circulate into this small office room.

The air is very stuffy. Temperature is not the issue, just the stuffiness.

I have tried using fans blowing air both into the room and from within the room. Both individually, and at the same time. But the air is still stuffy. There is a very weak exhaust fan on the ceiling, which doesn't seem to do too much.

Should I install stronger fans? on the ceiling? or is there some sort of product out there for stuffy air?

What I need to do is to make the air feel "new" because it otherwise is very stale, stuffy air - this causes difficulty breathing - and lightheadness, lethargy, and general malaise!

I am considering humidifiers, in the hopes that with the generated moisture, there may be added oxygen. But I don't know if it's the best solution. I don't want to cause more problems from added moisture inside such as stale space, either!

I will be bringning in a few plants to help add oxygen, but I think I am going to need more than just plants.

8 Ball 07-14-2008 04:49 PM

Is there any access to an outside wall, maybe above a drop ceiling? Is your office in a commercial bldg., or in your home? Yes there are products out there that are designed for your application.

What controls your temperature?

Imgood 07-14-2008 05:26 PM

How can I tell if I have a drop ceiling?

The ceiling does have what appear to be removable "tiles" - but I don't know how much space there is, above them.

The outside wall is a few to several feet away from the small stuffy, enclosed room.

Temperature-wise, I have never encountered any A/C here that I know of.

Only heat when needed. There is a radiator in the office but not in the small room.
It is a commercial office building, up on a high level.

Yoyizit 07-14-2008 05:49 PM

stuffy = high CO2 = health hazard
 
The building management has money set aside for problems like these but they don't want to spend it [it leaves less money for extracurricular activities, the kind you read about in the paper].

If you breathe a word of this you will likely be branded a troublemaker.
For the torn carpet in an office I had, I had to credibly threaten a lawsuit.

Find out who insures your building, mention health hazard, get your resume updated.

8 Ball 07-14-2008 05:53 PM

A small air to air heat exchanger may resolve you problem. It would draw and deliver outdoor air to your space, then exhaust air from your office to the outside. A heat exchanger would allow the heat from the air being exhausted, to be absorbed by the air being drawn in.

Most HVAC companies are familiar with them and can size and instal them.

biggles 07-15-2008 06:51 PM

if the outer room has AC grills in the ceiling good chance the ceiling is the return(-) if you pop a couple of tiles in your room see if you feel any thing going into the ceiling with the tile just pushed open a bit.then crack open your door and see there if you feel air coming into the door opening... that would be the return in the ceiling pulling that cool air from the outer office.:whistling2:


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