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4 Useful Tips for Choosing The Best Extractor Fan or Vent Fan To Remove Humidity

Updated on November 17, 2015

When building or remodeling a home, the small decisions are often among the most important. Finishing touches like hardware and fixtures can really change the look and feel of a home. Even something as simple as choosing the right extractor fan can make a big difference.

Usually used in bathrooms or utility rooms where there’s plenty of moisture and an array of unusual smells, extractor fans are sometimes called vent fans. Their primary purpose is to provide ventilation to help remove moisture that can damage the wood, drywall and other materials in the house.

Extractor fans also prevent mold from growing in areas that stay damp. Since mold is linked to a variety of health problems, these fans can also be more important to you health than you might first imagine.

Vent fans also help remove excess heat from a room. Just as removing heat from an attic with a gable attic fan can save on utility bills, removing heat from rooms where it tends to build up saves on air conditioning costs too.

Here are four useful tips for choosing extractor fans for your home.

1. Consider how many you need.

Most homes have one or more extractor fans in the bathroom, but they are also good for removing cooking heat from a kitchen, humidity from a laundry room or cigarette smoke from a den or man cave. They may also come in handy in garages where paint and chemicals are used regularly.

2. Choose fans that look good or don’t show much.

Some vent fans draw attention to themselves because of their unusual design, but it’s probably best to choose an extractor fan for your home that doesn’t draw attention to itself. A fan may be in the ceiling, but people will sometimes see it. You don’t want something that looks very modern in an old-fashioned sitting room nor do you want an ornate fan in the ceiling of a mudroom.

3. Don’t always choose the quietest model.

You may be inclined to choose the quietest vent fans you can find, but noise is sometimes a good thing. In tests, users repeatedly prefer noisier fans for bathrooms. If you think about it, some people make unpleasant and unattractive sounds while in the bathroom. A noisy fan makes them think the people on the outside can’t hear them, although this is often not the case.

4. Consider size and number.

Longer, larger bathrooms may benefit from having two or more extractor fans, but too many fans or ones that are too strong can create a bit of a suction effect that can become annoying. Two small fans may work better than one large one in some rooms. Check specifications to make sure the fans you choose aren’t too powerful for the uses you intend.

If you take just a few things into consideration when choosing the extractor fans for your house, you can increase the comfort and enjoyment of your home while protecting its materials and keeping your utility bill in check.


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      desertlab 6 years ago

      This is a good tip! I'm planning to buy for a Vent Fan the next few days..thanks for sharing.