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Bathroom Exhaust Fans

The bathroom is a place full of moisture and humidity. If this moisture is allowed to sit in the air for too long without being vented it can cause damage to the structure of the home. The moisture may start the growth of mould and mildew in windowsills and throughout the dry wall. Water damage may also occur which can be a costly fix. That is why each bathroom should have an exhaust fan to suck moisture out of the air and blow it outside the home. However, care should be taken when installing an exhaust fan due to the amount of moisture interacting with electricity running to the exhaust fan.

Exhaust Fan Installation

In order to add an exhaust fan into your bathroom, you will be required to install a vent that connects from the exhaust fan (in the roof of your bathroom) to the outside of the home. If you are not experienced with this type of work, have a professional complete the work as the roof and structure of the home may be damaged if not done correctly. The exhaust fan is installed in the bathroom, which pulls in the air and pushes it out of the home. This is how the air that is dense in moisture is pushed out of the bathroom.

Potential Electrical Hazards

While this might appear to be a simple job that any handyman would want to perform themselves, if the wiring is not done correctly, you could cause more damage to your bathroom than the moisture will. To turn on and off the exhaust fan, you will be required to add an additional light switch and wire the switch to the exhaust fan. Handling electrical wiring is not something that everyone is comfortable with, and if the wiring is done haphazardly it can lead to electrical fire. Additionally, with the amount of moisture in the air, if any of the wires are exposed the electricity could leave the wires and electrocutions and shock could occur. We would advise you to use a licenced electrician when performing this electrical work to keep yourself and your family safe.

If you have a bathroom in your home that does not have an exhaust fan, plan to have on installed and contact Expert Electric. We can help perform the electrical work safely so that it is ready for the fan installation.