Installing Exhaust FansInstalling Exhaust Fans

Exhaust Fans are ventilations that inhibit moisture buildup and growth of airborne pollutants. Installing them in your homes can save cost on maintenance.

An exhaust fan is one of the most useful home appliances that let you save both in energy and money. It not only offers ventilation, but can significantly prevent excess moisture buildup and amassing of indoor airborne pollutants, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. There are basically three types of exhaust fans: attic, bathroom, and window exhaust fans.

A bathroom exhaust fan is very important for home ventilation systems. It does not only lessen offensive odors, but also conveys large amount of humid air to the exterior of our home. A bathroom exhaust fan has more featured accessories than the other two types of exhaust fans. Accessories include fans, lights, timers, nightlights, and heaters.

Shop for an exhaust fan that is suited to your home. Invest on a unit that is powerful enough for the room where you will set it up. You can ask the salesperson to determine the size of the fan you will need relative to the size of the room.

An exhaust fan needs to be properly installed for it to function well and efficiently. Installing bathroom fans, for instance, usually only take a few hours to complete. In performing the installation process, you should unplug the power from the circuit prior to starting your work. Lock the circuit so no one can accidentally turn it on while installing. Take away any insulation on the ceiling where you intend to set up the unit. And if you want to change a light fixture with a fan unit, detach the original fixture and cut off all the electrical connections.

It is much better to position the ventilation housing in the spot that will let you secure it straight to the ceiling beam. But if the original light fixture arrangement makes this impossible, you can put wooden braces between beams or joists to enable firm connection for the housing. Hold the housing firmly and mark around the perimeter to define your cut. Make punctures in the corners. Cut along the lines and fix firmly the fan housing in place.

Extend a cable from the existing light knob all the way to the unit. You can utilize a cable of three wires if you would like to split the switch of your light and your exhaust fan. Strictly follow the wiring diagram in the manual, lest you create power shortage in your house.

Connect the ground wire to the clip integrated on the housing. Press on the wires inside the wiring box portion then put the cover. From the fan housing, attach the duct. After that, put in the cover of the unit inside the bathroom. And, from the existing electrical circuit at the wall switch, wire the cable.

Exhaust fans are easy to install. Most units come with manuals anyway when purchased. But safety is always priority. For any doubts, it is best to call a technician to help you.
by David H. Urmann
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