Bathroom Fan

Having a bathroom fan in your bathroom can serve a lot of purposes. A bathroom fan can act as an exhaust especially for bathrooms with showers. They can help in removing excess moisture from the air. One of the good things about installing a bathroom fan is that it is generally an uncomplicated home project. Just as long as you have a nearby electrical source, there is no need to consult an electrician for professional help.

First thing that you have to do is conduct a careful examination of your bathroom and attic prior to the selection of the unit to purchase. Make a measurement of the distance between the ceiling and roof joist in order to make sure that vent box you will purchase will fit perfectly.

Make your purchase of good quality fan without neglecting the ductwork. A ductwork needs to be purchased separately as well as a band clamp that will secure it in its place. It is recommended that you choose steel flex ductwork instead of plastic to complete this job because it can hold the airflow much better.

Take the exhaust fan out of the box in order to be able to carefully examine its contents. The next thing to do is to cut a small hole in the drywall after choosing an area on your bathroom ceiling. After determining the exact spot, insert a metal coat hanger through the hole and determine its exact location in your attic.

Clear the spot in your attic where you will work on. Make sure to determine the exact location. Take away all distractions and move any insulation from the area to have a clear place to work on. Make sure to protect your skin from possible irritation by wearing gloves, pants and long-sleeved shirts. Wear a durable and good quality facemask. This is highly recommended as you will spend some time working in the attic.

Place the fan box on the area with the hole and trace it using a marker to have the proper dimensions for cutting. This can also minimize drywall repairs.

Following the lines you have traced, cut the hole along the ceiling from the attic. A small jigsaw is more advisable because a knife can cause tears to the drywall. A small jigsaw can ensure that you will keep your ceiling intact and undamaged.

Next is to position the fan box over the hole in your ceiling. Secure and attach the support braces to joist. It is easier to use a cordless drill although a regular screwdriver can also be useful. Firmly push the fan’s plastic cover securely into place. You will hear a click once it is in place. Using a metal clamp, the ductwork is now ready to be attached to the fan box.

After these, you can now flex the ductwork to the appropriate length. Point it towards your soffit. If by any chance, your soffit has no built-in vents, you will have to purchase them separately. Once you have installed your fan box and ductwork, you can now work on the wirings. Simply attach the fan box wiring to your preferred light switch. Make sure to follow important electrical guidelines. After the installation of the exhaust fan, make sure to replace insulation.

It is necessary that you have basic knowledge in electrical. If you do not have a nearby outlet, it is best to consult a professional. Install the unit during a cool weather because you might have to spend around 4 hours in the attic for the installation and an hour to clean up.

This Bathroom Fan Review is Written/Updated on May 14th, 2009 and filed under Home Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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