Questions tagged [exhaust-fan]

For questions about exhaust fans -- i.e. fans used to remove air from specific rooms in a building and exhaust it to the outside in order to control humidity and/or combustion products. Exhaust fans, unlike [ceiling-fan]s, are installed into the building's structure, either in a fitting within the room's ceiling, or remotely, drawing air from the room via a duct and grille.

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What bathroom vents/ceiling/roof vents and fans are most recommended?

I need to vent a room in an uninsulated cabin - the ceiling is also the roof - so I don't need soffit tubing or anything like that. I am looking for a fairly cheap item that has a large cfm ability. ...
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AC switch with two mutualy exclusive power lines

I have deconstructed my bathroom fan and found three wires coming from the wall: N -- neutral A -- has 230V only when light switch is on B -- has 230V only when light switch is off I wonder how ...
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How to accurately measure CFM with Digital Anemometer and Duct

We bought a digital anemometer to check the CFM of various fans we have on hand. My husband designed and 3D Printed this duct that securely mounts fans on to the anemometer for accurate readings, ...
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Bathroom Vent - exhausts into attic insulation - what to do today?

So my wife called my attention the fact that the kids bathroom has some grunge on the ceiling and tends to have lots of water drops when in use. First issue - at some point the vent motor was ...
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Replace Broan 670 with new fan/light from bathroom

I have what I think is a Broan 670 exhaust fan installed in my bathroom. I would like a fan/light combo instead. I am unable to easily access it from the attic so I am hoping to replace it from the ...
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Can 14/3 wire, with all three conductors hot, be the only cable in a switch box?

I currently have a bathroom light and a single pole switch at the door. The power for the light first comes into the ceiling box directly above the light. The hot is tapped in right there by using the ...
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New bathroom fan has a 2 prong plug. Old fan was straight wired. How do I convert?

My new exhaust fan has a 2 prong plug, my old fan was straight wired so I don't have a receiver. How do I convert to straight wire?
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How do I wire in a bathroom light/fan to this box?

This is a very old house. I wanted to add a light/fan to this bathroom while the ceiling was down for repair. When I opened the switch box this is what I found (second picture). A GFI wired correctly,...
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Mini Split Condenser in Garage? With ventilation?

I live in a fairly warm and dry environment and due to HOA restrictions am unable to place a window A/C unit, outdoor unit, or a system on the roof. I understand that A/C shouldn't go in attics due to ...
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Compensate inadequate exhaust vents for whole house fan by installing a power vent in attic?

I would like to install a whole house fan in my 2400 sf house. However, with only three 1 ft x 2 ft gable vents, I'm looking at an NFVA of only 3 sf of exhaust vent when taking into consideration that ...
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What's wrong with my replacement fan motor?

I have one of those integrated bathroom 3-in-1 ceiling units (light, heat and exhaust fan). Recently the fan spontaneously stopped working. I took the unit down to inspect the fan motor and took it ...
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How to deal with the trapped air in a loft attic?

I live in an apartment (not a house) with a loft attic. It has enough space and I use it as a study room. In summer, the air is extremely hot as I walk up the steps to the attic. Initially I was ...
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Living near a highway in SoCal with no standard windows - how to install A/C?

I have an air purifier and keeping all windows/doors closed is going to be a must. But the humidity and temperature are issues now. I can get a dehumidifier but then I'm left with the temperature ...
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Bathroom fan sizing in 2 room bathroom with always open doors

I have a bathroom fan that died recently. It is a basic Broan from the 90's, 50CFM and 2.0 sones. I want a quieter fan for sure, but I'm not sure on the sizing. As shown in the picture, our ...
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Why don't whole house fans vent to the outside?

I've been researching fans and the ones I've found all seem to vent to the attic. Why is that? Why can't they vent directly to the outside? It seems more efficient that way. Otherwise you have to have ...
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Air conditioning with exhaust fans between two rooms

I'm renovating a space where there will be a partition of 2 rooms (3m height, dimensions are approximates, high humidity location, 23-34degC avg outside temp) Room 1: 5x7m Room 2: 2x7m Room 1 will ...
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How to improve light quality from a bathroom exhaust fan?

I have an interior bathroom with no windows. In the ceiling is a NuTone 763RLN exhaust fan with light bulb fixture. This unit was built in 2003, so the only light bulb specification provided is "100 ...
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Kitchen fan venting

I am installing a kitchen fan about 9' away from the nearest external wall. The wall there is very narrow and all I can fit there is a dryer type vent that works with 4" round pipe. Also, my spacing ...
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Clickey clackey bathroom exhaust louver

I have a bathroom exhaust vent with louvers similar to the image below. It vents out the side of the house above the bathroom between two bedrooms. When it's breezy out, the flaps rattle so that it ...
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Home: Using Exhaust & Circulating Fans to Improve Air Quality While Staying Cool

In the hopes of ventilating nasty odors and airborne contaminants, I recently installed the Bionaire BW2300 in one of my kitchen windows. This is the only one I have installed in my home at the moment....
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light and fan. together but separate

Currently I have a switch that turns the light on and off, and a second switch that turns the fan on and off. I would like to make it so the fan can only turn on if the light is on as well. But if the ...
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What are my options on location of a bathroom fan vent in Wisconsin?

I just put in a new bathroom fan and noticed the previous one was vented into the attic. I understand this can cause mold after awhile. I live in WI where we see a lot of snow. I was told the roof ...
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Replacing Bathroom vent, heat light combo and wiring is weird

I am replacing a bathroom vent, light, heater combo. The wiring from the house has three switches, but has only two lines with three wires (black, white and ground). The new vent, light and heater has ...
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Is continuous exhaust from basement level closet a good idea?

I have a recurring problem with mold in the closet of a basement level bedroom. After considering various options, I'm currently contemplating installing some sort of a low powered continuous exhaust ...
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How do I connect my new bathroom exhaust fan to the old duct that isn't lined up for the new fan?

The old fan died, and I'm trying to install a replacement. The old one was 80CFM, and, despite it working 24x7, the groundfloor bathroom was always a little damp. The new one is a fancy Panasonic, ...
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Ceiling fan/light in bathroom shortcuts when humid

I have a ceiling fan/light combo in my bathroom ceiling. It's hooked up with those white connectors you see on this picture: When someone takes long showers, especially at night when the temperature ...
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How to wire garage exhaust fan to Humidity sensor/fan control and VENTILATION CONTROLLER

I'm installing this exhaust fan in my garage:(https://www.industrialfansdirect.com/products/ff700). I also want to install this garage ventilation controller: (https://www.aircycler.com/pages/...
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Rewire bathroom light / fan

We have a half bath that has a switch outside the door and another switch near the mirror/vanity inside. The switch outside turns on a light at the ceiling and a (very loud) fan, and the switch ...
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Can I use a remote (inline) blower with a range hood that has its own blower, if I remove the built-in blower?

I would like to install a remote blower (inline probably) and a new range hood, mostly for noise levels. The thing is, I see two categories of hood: -'Consumer' grade ones with internal blowers that ...
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Gravity grille not opening when bathroom fan is on

I have a question about airflow with a bathroom fan, in this case a Ventaxia VASF100T with a front cover, duct through the wall and a gravity grille on the outside. It seems quite inefficient at ...
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Can I re-use the housing/wiring from a Nutone 669 bathroom exhaust fan (w light) when installing a Nutone 769?

I don't have easy access to the attic to remove the existing housing, but the dimensions are identical and the wiring is already done (two switches - one for fan, one for light). 769 fan specs are ...
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How do I calculate fan size for a single room exhaust system to reach a desired cfm when restricted to specific duct size/route?

I am wanting to exhaust a sealed room (except for air intake and exhaust). The room is 512 ft3, and due to positioning, orientation, and existing construction, I am restricted to using 6" flexible ...
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Bathroom light and fan combo safety and wiriing

I am putting a new bathroom light and fan combo in my bathroom. I already have a light above the mirror of the bathroom that provides light for the rest of the area. However the fan/light combo I ...
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Bathroom fan runs despite switch is off

My fan in the bathroom is constantly running no matter what position I put the switch to. The switch looks like this: And there is some other controller that I don't understand what it does (never ...
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How can I add a dimmer to a bathroom switch that also turns the fan on?

I would like to add a dimmer switch to the bathroom. The switch currently turns on a extractor fan with a timer. It is connected via an isolation switch. I understand I cannot run the fan on a dimmer ...
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Bathroom exhaust fan through clay tile roof

I've installed an exhaust fan in an upstairs bathroom and need to vent it through the clay tile roof. (pic attached) The standard 4" pipe jacks and flashings I'm finding at Home Depot don't seem to ...
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Using PVC pipe for bathroom exhaust fan duct

I have to run a length of about 3 meters of duct (from the fan to the outside), where there will be 2 90° bends. I was going to use plastic flexduct, but I can make the bends bends and some of length ...
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Can mold growth be removed and cleaned up in a two-story apartment building successfully?

I live in an apartment building that has 24 units which all the bathrooms vent into the hollow walls or their neighbors bathrooms upstairs. (so in their ceiling, the smell and moisture comes out ...
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Can a horizontally-vented kitchen exhaust have a downward-facing outlet in a soffit?

Can I vent a kitchen exhaust fan horizontally to an exterior soffit, ending with a downward outlet/cap? (Or must the outlet be horizontal (through a wall) or upwards (through a roof)?
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How can I tell if my bathroom ceiling vent is working properly?

Seems to take the vent forever to clear shower vapor from room. I purchased a vent that had a good rating. It is vented to the outside. How do I know if it is working properly and actually venting to ...
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How do I wire a bathroom exhaust fan/light to two switches?

I could use a diagram to wire the following: a bathroom exhaust fan with light on two separate switches. I also need a 3rd switch for a vanity light and a GFCI. My power comes from the attic (12/2 ...
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What power and type of in-line bathroom extractor fans should I be looking for?

We had some mould appear in our bathroom and I suspected that our inline extractor fan was underpowered. As it happens the extractor just stopped working, so I'm in the market for a replacement. I ...
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In-line fan installation

Can an In-line bathroom fan be installed horizontally or just vertically ? Been searching all over but no manufacturer specify that on their guide. Thank you
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Combatting moisture in crawl space after venting window is sprayed with insulation?

I had a crawl space (top left) in my house which had a 12"x6" venting window. There is a room above the crawl space, so I decided to spray the walls of the space with closed-cell foam insulation which ...
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Fast trick to figure out to where bathroom fan vents out

Recently had a guy come out to clean the clothes dryer and clothes dryer vent. Asked him to clean out the bathroom fan vent as well. He looked up the attic, on the roof, and along the siding, and ...
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Should I switch to a vertical exhaust fan to avoid 90 degree bends?

I am replacing the original kitchen exhaust fan on my 1950s house. The old one vented sideways to an immediate 90-degree bend (to 8-inch rigid ducting) and then straight up about 24~36 inches to the ...
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Is 4“ Ducting Used for a 4” Bath Fan?

I'm interested in installing a bath fan and am currently planning ou the project. The fan specs (https://www.homedepot.com/p/Delta-Breez-GreenBuilder-Series-100-CFM-Wall-or-Ceiling-Bathroom-Exhaust-...
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Could someone explain these wiring diagram symbols please?

This is for a bathroom ceiling fan. I recognise the pull cord switch. It's the two middle symbols I'm not sure about. The square one on the right. Is that just a switch? Something like this: https://...
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bathroom fan does not turn on, just hums for 2 minutes then finally starts up

Lately every once in a while, when I turn on my bathroom fan, it does not start up. Rather there is this low humming sound for about 2 minutes. Then finally, the fan starts to run. Why does this ...
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How can I connect a timer to my bathroom exhaust fan?

I have a bathroom fan, but it only runs when the light is on (i.e. no delay). The fan itself is really good, but it should really run on after (I think this might be part of the Building Regulations ...