Do you find that you're opening windows in a bathroom that gets too hot and steamy? Does your kitchen get so smokey it sets off your smoke alarms? Does your living room have high ceilings that make it too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer. The solution to all these problems is improved ventilation.
Fans play an important role in maintaining a comfortable, healthy indoor environment. They remove odors and excess humidity, help your central heating and cooling system work more efficiently and provide evaporative cooling.
Whole-House FansWhole house fans are designed to circulate air throughout a home's ductwork. It is sometimes confused with an attic ventilator fan (see below), which exhausts hot air from the attic to the outside through an opening in the roof. In some cases, a whole house fan can take the place of a home's air conditioning system by circulating air during times of the year when it's not too hot, particularly when combined with ceiling fans.
Bathroom Exhaust FansA bathroom exhaust fan is designed to remove stale, humid air from bathrooms, laundry rooms and other enclosed spaces with high humidity. They improve air quality and reduce the likelihood of mold and mildew growth. Bathroom fans are also helpful in laundry rooms, where clothes washers and driers can generate a lot of heat and humidity in enclosed spaces.
When installing any kind of exhaust fan it's important to ensure that the fan is ducted to the exterior of the house and not into the attic.
Attic FansMost attics are not connected to a home's ventilation system for heating and cooling. An attic fan, also called an attic ventilator, regulates the heat level of a home's attic by exhausting hot air, which in turn helps your home's heating and cooling system work more efficiently. They are usually controlled by a thermostat that automatically turns the fan off and on, or less frequently they are controlled by a manual switch. An attic fan can be gable mounted or roof mounted.
Ceiling FansCeiling fans are a popular choice for improving airflow in rooms, as well as serving as lighting fixtures and enhancing room decor. While a ceiling fan doesn't actually lower the temperature, it circulates the conditioned air where it's needed most and provides evaporative cooling.
Have fan questions? Give MR Plumbing a call. We install all types of ventilation fans.