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Proper Use of Bathroom Exhaust Fans

Bathroom Exhaust Fan

Most bathrooms will have two switches; one for the lights and one for the exhaust fan. For those who don't flip this switch when they shower (or don't have one), they're actually hurting their home. On the other hand, for those that flip this switch every time they use the bathroom, they're also hurting their home. It's important to learn the best practices for your bathrooms' exhaust fans.

Removal of Moisture
Every time a person takes a hot shower or bath, the bathroom's exhaust fan should be turned on. This fan will remove any moisture that's in the air by sucking it into a duct that will redirect it to a vent leading outside. It's important to have this fan on during showers, otherwise, moisture will settle onto the walls and fixtures. When moisture is constantly present, mold can begin to grow.

Best Practices

  • Turn the exhaust fan on if you plan on taking a hot shower or bath.
  • Keep the fan on anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes after the shower has been turned off to make sure all of the moisture is removed from the room.
  • Remember to shut the fan off once the moisture has been removed from the bathroom. Leaving the exhaust fan on for too long will cause it to start sucking out all of the warm air in your home. Thus causing your heating system to work harder to heat your home which will raise your monthly bills.

The exhaust fan in your bathroom should be used more than it already is, but at the same time it should never be overused. When you need a bathroom exhaust fan installed, contact the electricians at Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (717) 207-9952.