Do you need a way to get the excess moisture out of the bathroom when you take your showers or baths? There’s a wide range of options available on the market for venting your bathroom but how do you know which ones are best? In this article, we’ll talk about the 4 best bathroom exhaust fan venting options and why they’re your best ventilation options.
The 4 Best Bathroom Exhaust Fan Venting Options
Ceiling Exhaust Fan
Exhaust fans mounted to the ceiling are the ideal first choice
This type of ceiling mounted fan goes through is installed through your attic and out through your roof or wall. Ceiling exhaust fans are great for people who want to maintain the design of their bathroom with minimal disturbance. They are better at venting hot and humid air which naturally rises to the top of the room, helping to protect the bathroom ceiling from moisture damage.
Flexible ducting will need to be installed in the attic, so make sure you have room for it. Another thing to keep in mind is that you will need to cut a hole in your roof or wall to fit the exterior vent. For this, a professional roofer will be able to cut a hole through the roof and install the vent the correct way. If you want to handle this yourself, please remember that roof or wall venting can cause leaks, so measure and cut with caution.
Inline Exhaust Fan
Like the option above, inline exhaust fans use a ceiling mounted intake vent but the fan sits inside the attic crawl space or ceiling cavity instead of near the ceiling. Because of this, they have bigger fans and motors to suck more air without making much noise in the bathroom. You also have a choice of roof, wall or under-eave exit venting.
Wall Exhaust Fans
High mounted wall fans will not disturb ceiling or attic space but have more complicated wiring
A wall mounted exhaust fan pulls air from a spot on your wall and takes it straight out the other side. You first need to measure the depth of your wall in order to know what wall fan will fit. Afterwards, you can browse for a wall exhaust fan and get the dimensions for the size of the hole required in your wall.
You will also need to figure out the wiring situation. For this, we recommend hiring an electrician as it is a complicated job for people with little or no experience with wiring. Finally, check your homes structure plans so that you don’t accidentally cut a hole through any structural supports or any important wiring.
Window Exit Exhaust Fan
Speak to a glazier for correct installation of small window exhaust fans
Window exhaust fans sit inside of a bathroom window and can take up the whole window frame or sit in a small portion of it, which requires a glazier to cut the hole in your glass window. You’ll also need to have a powerpoint near the window to power the vent. This option is great for people in apartments who don’t have access to the ceiling or can’t cut holes in their walls but still want fresh air flowing through their bathroom.
Vent It Out!
Picking the best bathroom exhaust fan venting option for your home does not need to be complicated. If you have the spare ceiling cavity or attic space, go with a ceiling or inline exhaust fan. Otherwise, wall fans will be a good option. Finally, apartment owners should look at window exhaust fans as it might be their only option.
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