Bathroom Exhaust Fans

The Key Benefits and Features of Bathroom Exhaust Fans

By Mark J. Donovan

Bathroom exhaust fans are metaphorically speaking unsung heroes. Bathroom exhaust fans play an important role in protecting our bathrooms from high moisture levels. High moisture levels, left unchecked by not using a bathroom exhaust fan, can condense into tiny water droplets that attach to bathroom walls. These tiny water droplets can cause bacteria, mold and mildew to form, paint to flake, and wall paper to peal off bathroom walls. Even worse, moisture laden air can get behind the drywall, condense and cause dry rot and mildew to form. Bathroom exhaust fans can prevent these types of situations from happening

Fortunately today most building codes require bathroom exhaust fans to be installed in bathrooms and to be properly vented outside the home.

Unfortunately bathroom exhaust fans have the tendency to wear out over years of use and frequently people neglect to repair or replace them. Bathroom exhaust fans are relatively inexpensive and easy to install, so there is really no excuse in not replacing a bathroom exhaust fan when it does fail. As a matter of fact, it is quite foolish if you want to protect the other investments of your bathroom and home.

Bathroom Exhaust Fans and Key Features

There are several key features to look for when buying a bathroom exhaust fan. Today most bathroom exhaust fans come with a ceiling light that can be independently controlled via a switch. As a result, you get a two for one deal when buying a bathroom exhaust fan.

Some bathroom exhaust fans come with built in motion detectors to turn on automatically for a pre-set period of time when someone enters the bathroom.

Bathroom ventilation using a bathroom exhaust fan.

Other bathroom exhaust fans are designed so that the bathroom exhaust fan only turns on when moisture levels reach a certain threshold level, or have a built in timer switch to automatically turn off once activated.

Finally today’s bathroom exhaust fans are extremely quiet compared to older models of the past. As a matter of fact the latest bathroom exhaust fans typically specify their decibel level on the package so that you can compare them relative to others.

So the next time you’re in your bathroom and refuse to turn on the bathroom exhaust fan because of the noise, or can not turn it on because it no longer works, plan on making a trip to your local home improvement store and pick up a new one today.

By replacing your non-working bathroom exhaust fan you’ll protect your home and yourself from the dangers of not having one or using one.

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