A bathroom exhaust fan should be in every bathroom in a Cincinnati home, to provide adequate ventilation. Without excellent bathroom ventilation, your home and air quality could suffer.
Why Install a Bathroom Exhaust Fan?
You need bathroom exhaust fans for several reasons. Bathrooms are smaller areas than other parts of the home, and the activities that take place within create steam and gases.
Exhaust fans work to remove odors, creating a more pleasant smell. More importantly, they remove steam from showering and hot water use – without the fan, this humidity would be trapped within the bathroom. Trapped humidity leads to condensation on surfaces.
Problems Caused without a Bathroom Exhaust Fan
When moisture builds in your bathroom without an exhaust fan, water droplets deposit on walls. This moisture can cause mold and mildew growth on bathroom surfaces. Moisture may also damage wall coverings and woodwork, harming your bathroom’s integrity.
Bathroom Exhaust Fan Specifics
If you have an exhaust fan in your bathroom, are you sure it was installed correctly? Bathroom exhaust fans should be vented outdoors; when shortcuts are taken, it may be left vented into your attic. This would just transfer moisture into the attic or other area where the fan may be vented. Your HVAC pro can double check to see your bathroom exhaust fans are vented correctly.
Using Bathroom Exhaust Fans Properly
Just because you have a bathroom exhaust fan, doesn’t mean you’re using it properly! Follow these usage rules:
- Whenever you’re using hot water, run the fan!
- Leave the fan running for several minutes after hot water or toilet use to clear the bathroom of moisture and gases.
Proper ventilation is a key component in keeping your home safe and mold-free, and improving indoor air quality! Contact Nelson Comfort today for assistance inspecting, installing, or repairing the bathroom exhaust fans in your Cincinnati home.