Installing bathroom exhaust ventilation fans should be a priority when building any type of architectural structure. This should be especially true when it comes to building homes. Unfortunately, most homeowners do not even consider this as a likely option or veto any plans for the construction of exhaust fans, particularly if the bathroom areas are rather small. But the truth is: a smaller bathroom would benefit the most from a well placed ventilation exhaust. This will help flush out the warm moist air that usually accumulates after a shower. This also helps eliminate embarrassing odors after bodily functions. There will be no need to throw open windows just for air to circulate. That is, if you are lucky enough to have bathroom windows in the first place.
However, the main advantage of installing bathroom exhaust ventilation fans is that it helps keep the moisture level at the very minimum – which in turn, keeps mold and mildew at bay. Choosing an exhaust fan for this aforementioned space does not have to be a tiring process. Here is a list of things you should know when it comes to choosing this device.
1. Always, always consider the amount of noise that most of these devices generate. If possible, choose the quietest model you can find. It is recommended that you buy from a home depot because you can test out the noise level before buying the machine. You do have to bear in mind that even the slightest noise can be amplified by almost 100% in an enclosed bathroom. Now, imagine having to hear that noise each and every time you or someone else uses the bathroom. Although there are online stores that provide exhaust ventilation fans, there is no way of knowing how loud these devices can be without trying them out first. If you are indeed buying online, make sure that you read their return policy… or if these online stores even have one at all. Make sure also that you are assured of a money back guarantee in case the fan does not meet your specifications.
Another tip: most people think that just because the exhaust fan is small then the noise it generates is minimal as well. That is not true at all. There are smaller fans that can be as loud as a leaf blower, and there are mid-sized fans that are less grating than that. Always ask the store clerk to run the machine for a good 5 to 10 minutes in order to gauge exactly how noisy the machine will be. Once you get home, try out the machine inside the bathroom and see how that works for you. Return the fans and exchange these for better models if these are too loud. This small inconvenience is far better than putting up with a noisy device for the next few months.
2. Always ask for an expert opinion. Although it is logical to think that the size of the exhaust ventilation fans should be directly proportional to the size of the bathroom; this is not necessarily true all the time. Some compact fans can be powerful enough to handle an expansive bathroom. Or some bathrooms may already have windows or natural vents where warm air can escape. Asking an expert as to what fan will match your enclosed space is always a good idea.
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