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    Here is our dilemma. We have a wall which separates our bathing/drying room from the front so that it is not to load to answer phones. Now this divided space heats up rather fast. We have a dehumidifier, none of our dryers are heated, we keep the front room sub-arctic and we try to open it up as much as poss. There are no access windows for a window A/C (brick), we could put one in the room divider possibly, and of course, fans get clogged with hair and are not very worth while. This is of course not a mobile. Any AC suggestions? I just want my employees and pets to be more comfortable. Oh yah, the electrical in our shop is almost stretched to the max with out some re-wiring.

    Stephen: Exhausting the hot air out, which sounds like a roof vent for you, instead of trying to cool it down, is commonly done. It reduces the AC bill and should pull some of the cool air into that drop as it sucks out the hot air.

  • #2
    We have the exact same problem. Our bathing room used to be an actual bathroom so it's very small and made of cinderblock with no windows. We keep the door shut when using the hv to cut down the noise so it gets very warm for our bather. I like Stephens idea of a ceiling vent fan, (Thanks Stephen )we used to call them wirly birds. Currently we use a plain box fan directed at the bather to cool down some.

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    • #3
      We have basically the same setup. We have an exhaust fan in the ceiling that helps quite a bit. When we forget to turn on the fan the bathing/drying room gets very hot so it definitely makes a difference. The only negative is that on cold days the front gets very cold and drafty because the exhaust fan in the bathing room causes cold air from outside to come in the windows (we have little slat type windows that can't be completely closed). We can't just not use the exhause fan when it's cold because the moisture causes the windows and mirrors to all fog up.

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      • #4
        At the salon I worked at before we had an exhaust fan as well, we even kept it on 24/7 because if we didn't the humidity level would be very high in the morning. I don't think any other method would work as well.

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        • #5
          cool thanks!

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          • #6
            Possibly an air exchanger or central A/C? Although the central a/c sounds like a luxury, it actually makes everything MUCH drier. The air exchangers are usually to bring in outdoor air but I'm sure you could use it between rooms but they are very large and loud!

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            • #7
              I have a window in my bathing room, a dehumidifier, and an exhaust fan through the roof. When it heats up in there, depending on the season of the year, then we decide which way it suits us and the animals best to get that humidity out.

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              • #8
                If it weren't for the A/C, I'd be toast---literally, I'd be grilled crispy toast! It's hot in there! When the A/C is on it is not only "not" humid, but it is cool and comfortable. I'm looking forward to it---plus I have a beautiful view out my window.

                I think the vent that Stephen mentioned (is it a fan?) is your best option---not only do you need to keep it cooler, the humidity slows down the drying process in there, which is just awful.

                Good luck.

                Tammy in Utah
                Groomers Helper Affiliate

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                • #9
                  I have an exhaust fan also in the bathing room, but we don't dry totally in that room either. I have a separate drying room but we use a circulating fan to keep the air moving and the whole place stays fairly comfortable.

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                  • #10
                    Our state regulations require a vent to the outside and the best place to have one is in the bathing room. They cut down on heat, humdity and free-flying hair! We keep a screen type filter over an exhaust fan and it is very obvious when the screen needs to be wiped off -- frequently several times a day, and always after big "undercoat-type" dogs. Without the exhaust fan on, the bathing room turns into a sauna very quickly!

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                    • #11
                      For those of you who use a dehumidifier, which type works best and how large? I have one in the shop but it doesn't quite hit the mark:-)

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                      • #12
                        me too!!!!!! Ours is from lowes. I will have to find out what kind it was, hubby got it.

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                        • #13
                          oh man! I remember one shop i worked at...you couldnt open the windows AT ALL! ugh how horrible was that! plus we Hand dried with the Forced air dryer....AND cage dried...so imagine 3 cage driers going at once (2 reg. cage driers and 1 box fan) PLUS the k9II...WITH the door shut (because the groomers couldnt hear up front (they liked to talk amongst themselves) if i was using the HV drier...oh boy...it got HOT back there VERY fast. in the summer time FORGETABOUTIT! it was about april when i started then july when i was let go (wasnt working out) and she would allow us to turn the A/c on...but she would also open the windows! lol! but...she did put an exhaust fan in the ceiling...didnt do much good though! now the second shop i worked at...we could open one of the windows...but still it got hot in there...and it was alot smaller room than the other shop i worked at so...there was room for the tub,counter and the drying table with a space for the dryers and the towel bin (one under the tub the other where the extra dryer sat on top of) and...believe me...it was a PITA to dry a dog in that room with the door shut! even with the window open id think a dog was totally dry...bring him out for her to groom...nope still damp go dry him again. and it was useless because id stand there dry him for another 20 mins (say it was a lab or a beagle), bring himn back out....still a little damp, well ill groom him then well see how he is.
                          by this time either the dog was dry or the room had cooled down enough to be able to finish drying the dog.
                          Hound

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