At an integrated institution in a new residential area of Copenhagen, 124 children between the ages of 6months and 6 years are divided into 3 nursery groups and 4 kindergarten groups for their day care. The institution was inaugurated in 2013, and is open weekdays 0600 – 1800. When the institution was built, the Munters drying room concept was installed to dry the children's outerwear. One smaller drying room was installed in the ward for the nursery children, and a larger system for the kindergarten groups.
The department's Pedagogical Leader says that the drying rooms are so good, they have become the department's "bragging room". Thanks to the drying rooms, the institution has been given rooms that have become multifunctional, allowing them to be used for other things in addition to their intended purpose of drying clothes.
The clothes drying solution is efficient and fast, with a very low energy consumption compared to conventional drying methods such as electric drying cabinets and / or tumble dryers. Children are often wet from a morning on the institution's playground. By placing their clothes inside the drying room after lunch, they will be able to return home in the afternoon with dry outerwear and footwear.
The drying room for the kindergarten groups is large enough for the children to take off their clothes inside the drying room itself, so other areas and wardrobes outside the room remain dry and clean. Older children can hang their outerwear on a hanger in the drying room, which is much easier for them to do in comparison to hanging their clothes in electric drying cabinets used by many other institutions. The dehumidification equipment is placed at a safe height, well out of the reach of the children.
Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the children's sleeping bags and duvets are washed several times a week. The sleeping bags and duvets are hung up to dry in the drying room and are dry and ready for use again the next morning.
The operation of the drying room is very simple. First, a simple press of a rocker switch activates one or more circulation fans. These fans draw the water from the suspended clothing. Next, when the humidity in the room rises to a certain level, the dehumidifier is activated, which in a few hours has the capacity to completely dry the hung clothes.
Water splash and art paint
The institution has been inspired to use the drying room for other things in addition to clothes drying. Smaller groups of children can use the room for sensory experiences. One is example is through water, where water on the tile floor is not a problem as the room dries up quickly again after use.
At the institution, a lot is done to support and develop the children's creativity. Children can create paintings in the drying room, which can subsequently be left undistributed for them to dry quacking ready for collection.
Covid-19 has made the drying room even more appreciated
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the institution has been subject to many new rules and restrictions. In addition to the general increase in cleaning, all toys used must be washed every day. These washed toys and the cleaning equipment are dried efficiently every night in the drying room.
When, due to the restrictions, there is a need to be able to divide the children into smaller groups, the largest drying room has also been used as an extra group room, providing the institution with a “buffer” in a pressured situation.
The manager states: “Apart from the fact that we are very satisfied with the drying room for clothes drying, the room has given us many extra benefits. There is so much space that we can include this area as an extra room, where the children can do activities that are difficult to fit into our regular rooms, and where we must also have space to eat lunch. Now during the Covid-19 pandemic, we seek to have more children using the outdoor playground, which is no problem when we can dry wet outerwear quickly. ”
Easier everyday life, also for parents
It’s not just children and staff who benefit from the drying rooms. Parents who pick up their children do not have to worry about wet and cold outerwear and boots that need to be hung to dry when they get home. In addition, nobody need worry about whether the outerwear is sensitive to high temperatures (something which is often the case when using drying cabinets and tumble dryers) as the temperature in the drying room does not exceed normal room temperature.
ServiceCaire™ agreement provides security
Dehumidifiers, fans and controls in the drying room are covered by a service agreement, where Munters reviews the equipment once a year to ensure it’s working as intended. The institution's staff do not have to worry about filter changes or other maintenance, and are ensured of optimal operation and settings that will also guarantee energy consumption is as low as possible.
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