Big news: we recently installed a huge mechanical ventilation and heat recovery (MVHR) system. This might not seem like a very exciting topic, but it actually is extremely important. First of all, this system makes sure that every team playing an escape room at our venue can enjoy the safest possible environment. The air in every game room and the lobby is completely renewed at a rate of three times per hour. This helps flush potential airborne Covid particles (so-called aerosols) out of the room. As Covid is largely transmitted by air, ventilation has a great impact on site safety.
Also, should restrictions be re-introduced, we hope to be in a much better position to keep our venue open. But fingers crossed it won’t come to this! With the new ventilation and all the additional Covid-secure measures that are in place, we have optimised everything that is within our control. So let the games continue!
How does it work?
As you can see from the images, our loft space holds a large ventilation unit with a complex system of pipes. But the whole thing is much more straight-forward than it looks! A big inlet in our roof sucks fresh outside air into the ventilation unit, which also contains a filter. From here, metal ducting leads to every game space (not only every escape room, but actually every part of every escape room) as well as the lobby. The fresh air is pumped through these pipes and enters the rooms below via outlet valves, like the one pictured.
An extraction valve at the opposite end of each space simultaneously sucks out the old air, creating a hardly perceptible draft. This old air is then removed via a separate, secondary system of pipes. As mentioned above, this happens at a rate of ca. three complete renewals per hour, which is the recommended setting. Apart form making our venue safer, this also has a pleasant ‘side effect’. It now feels much fresher – like at an outdoor venue!
October is not far off and with it comes … Halloween! This year we have a spooktacular games deal coming up, so keep your eyes peeled for more news soon.