As we go through the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we often seek a warm shower at the end of the day to do nothing but relax. However, the sense of freshness that comes with the thought of a shower is nothing but a short-lived impulse if that image incorporates a bathroom that is practically a breeding ground for harmful microorganisms.
Why is proper ventilation in bathrooms the need of the hour?
Sometimes, the reality is more than what meets the eye. The Home Ventilation Institute suggests that a shower can churn up humidity levels comparable to that of a tropical rainforest. Now, other than giving us an uncomfortable circumstance to think about, the exceedingly high moisture levels in bathrooms encourage the breeding and survival of milder, mold, and what not!
How can bathroom fans help?
That is where bathroom fans come to the rescue. By pushing out the accumulating moisture during showers outside the bathroom, an exhaust fan is able to maintain the hygiene of the place. Moreover, owing to the advancements in technology, the bathroom fans available in the market nowadays are as almost completely silent.
If you don’t have a bathroom fan installed yet, here is guide that will help you easily setup the fan in no time.
- A typical bathroom fan usually comes with a grille that covers its face at the end of the installation process. But, in order to even begin with the procedure, you need to create space for the fan in the ceiling. Using a power drill, keeping the appropriate measurements in mind, begin with creating space to place the fan’s housing. You need to measure the fan’s intake port as well. Subsequently, using a 1.9 cm spade bit with the power drill to carve out a whole in the ceiling for the fan to fat in.
- The next step is to place the exhaust fan in the hole you just carved out. However, before you do that, a 90 degree duct elbow needs to be attached to the fan’s associated outlet port. The attachment can be easily made using duct tape. Eventually, place the fan into the appropriate position.
- In order to completely hold the fan in a stable position, you need to position the metal brackets of the fan in such a way that they secure themselves in the joists of the external housing. After completing the former steps, you would have successfully attached the fan to the ceiling, with the duct elbow vacant on the other side, and the electric connections pending.
- Now that the fan is in place, you need to attach a duct pipe to the duct elbow attached earlier. Quite obviously, the duct pipe needs to take the moisture outside. For the sake of efficient functioning of the newly installed bathroom fan, make sure than the duct pipe takes the shortest and most straightforward route outside. The increase in lengths and turns of the duct pipe dampens the efficient of the fan.
- The open end of the duct pipe needs to be covered with an enclosure as well. A vent cap needs to placed over the open end of the duct pipe, whether it lies on the rooftop or on the sidewalk.
- The mechanical aspect of the process has been finished, and the only thing that remains are the electrical connection. Based on your preference as well as convince, and also on the type of the fan you installed, make the appropriate connection through the attic or the bathroom. The user’s manual that comes along with the bathroom fan will dive into this step in a deeper way.
- At the end, cover the fan with a grille. After installing the decorative grill, check if the fan works. If not, then revisit the whole process and try to find a loophole. However, if the issue still persists, make no hesitation while calling for help!