What Are Trickle Vents?

Trickle vents are small openings in a window or building component. These openings are integrated into the frame in order to provide effective ventilation.

In order to maintain a healthy and comfortable living environment, it is essential that your home is well ventilated. Trickle vents allow small amounts of air through, enabling you to benefit from fresh air without having to open your window or door.

Trickle vents are easy to install and their benefits include improved home comfort, reduced condensation and controlled ventilation.

Remove Stale Air

An effective ventilation system such as the trickle vent, removes stale air from your property. It also helps remove any unwanted smells caused by irritants or cooking. Situated above the window, they are easily controllable via a cord, rod or by hand.

Secure Ventilation

A window can be an easy point of entry for an opportunist burglar. Controllable trickle vents give you the ability to ventilate your home whilst keeping your windows in a locked and closed position.

Compatible With Most Windows

Trickle vents are designed to work with a wide range of window systems. They can be fitted in all types of windows including uPVC, timber, steel or aluminium.

However, if your windows aren’t compatible then trickle vents will need to be fitted independently.

Trickle Vents are a requirement under building regulations:

  • If the property is a ‘New Build’, this includes extensions to an existing building or structure
  • If the current windows already have trickle vents and they are being replaced with windows that are considered ‘Like for Like’
  • If patio doors or French doors are being installed and they are the only opening aperture in a room
  • In cases where some form of permanent ventilation is required in a room by specific Building Regulations

Trickle Vent Design

Trickle vents are often positioned through the head of the frame which is called a Through Frame design. An Over Frame design may be needed if it is not possible to fit the vent through the frame. In this occasion, ventilation can be routed over the frame or head of the window.

A Glazed In method is another way a trickle vent can be fitted. This design is used if it is necessary to fit the vent into the glazed area along the top of window.