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These special seats are battery-operated and a small air freshener system complete with filter, fan and scent pack is activated when you sit on the seat. 

Question: Dear Ed: We are about to finish up a basement powder room with limited ventilation. I remember reading one of your past articles about new toilet seats available with automatic air fresheners built in. How do these seats work, and aside from the air freshener, do they offer any child-friendly features?

- Savannah, New York state

Answer: Many new toilet seats are packed with features, and deodorizing toilet seats offer a lot of bang for the buck.

These special seats are battery-operated and a small air freshener system complete with filter, fan and scent pack is activated when you sit on the seat.

While the deodorizing system is the main feature, some of these seats do come with additional features like:

- Slow-closing lids to avoid slamming the seat

- Quick-release hinges for easy cleaning

- Grip tight under-seat bumpers for a firm fit

- A nightlight to help you find the toilet in the dark

With all this info, I hope we now cleared the air about deodorizing toilet seats.

Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book "Ed Del Grande's House Call," the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.

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