Garbage Room

In crowded cities, multi-family residential buildings often use vertical layouts to save space. They replace outdoor dumpsters with centralized disposal systems at the building's base. These systems have chutes for trash disposal, managing waste discreetly.

A potential challenge arises if the garbage room is maintained under positive pressure and can cause odors to escape. To solve this, it's important to ventilate effectively. Redirecting airflow through the chutes removes odors without affecting disposal efficiency.

Having a negative pressure environment is ideal for garbage rooms. This can be easily accomplished with a plastic or metal inline duct fan.

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Ivan Daza
Product Manager - Fans

Breathable Spaces

Good ventilation in garbage rooms keeps smells at the source and building outlet. In commercial and multi-residential projects, smelly garbage rooms can waft back into the living space, affecting your client's experience as decomposing matter releases harmful gases like methane and ammonia. A robust ventilation solution is needed to protect inhabitants.

Regulations and Factors

Important to know
  • International Residential Code (IRC) M1505.2 States that exhaust air shall not be circulated within a residence or circulated to another dwelling unit and shall be exhausted directly to the outdoors.

  • IRC M1505.3 States that exhaust fans and whole-house mechanical ventilation fans shall be listed and labeled as providing the minimum required airflow in acordance with ANSI/AMCA 210-ANSI/ASHRAE 51

  • Local Codes May have their own regulations and requirements

  • Odor Control and Air Quality Proper ventilation helps remove odors, improving indoor air quality for residents and building staff.

  • Health and Safety Compliance Sufficient air changes prevent harmful fumes from re-entering breathable areas. 

  • Energy Efficiency Efficient fans offer ongoing ventilation at a low cost to your client.

  • Quiet Remote-mounted near the garbage room, residents can only hear a faint hum during operation.

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