There are a couple of options for ventilating solder fumes in a
closed environment such as a basement. A standard hood with fan
design that pulls air from the room and vents it outdoors or a
self-contained filtration unit that requires no outside venting.
A hidden cost behind standard venting (to the outdoors) is increased
heating bills in winter and air conditioning bills in summer as the
system is pulling heated/cooled room air along with the fumes and
spilling it outdoors. I imagine a basement in Rochester in the winter
has a high enough heating bill, so I'd recommend a self-contained air
These units offer a series of filters designed to absorb the harmful
fumes. Here at Gesswein we sell two brands but I personally like the
(A quick aside:
Some readers may regard with suspicion advice from an employee of a
company that sells this equipment. That's understandable. And those
people may want to stop reading right now. But please be aware that
we do not manufacture the equipment and in fact, you can buy Quatro
units from many different distributors, not just Gesswein. I have
used the Quatro unit myself and I have sold it to many customers
who've been quite happy with it. I've used other brands as well and I
like Quatro best for the reasons listed below.)
The Quatro SolderPure has a 4-stage filtration system and returns
99.97%clean air back to the room so no outside ventilation is
necessary. A capture hood on an articulated arm catches fumes at the
source -- so you can position the hood immediately behind or to the
side of the solder area and pull those fumes before they get near
your nose or dispersed in the air. That's a big reason I prefer this
type of unit over, say, an updraft hood.
You can see more on the Quatro unit here:
Hope this helps. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel
free to give me a call at the number below.
Gesswein Co. Inc.
Tel: 1-800-544-2043 x287