The “V” in HVAC stands for ventilation. It’s often less understood than the heating and air conditioning components, but pushing out stale, dirty air from your home is just as important as delivering warmth and cooling. Exhaust fans make every room they’re installed in more comfortable, providing ventilation to whatever areas of the home need it.
At Wenbrooke Services, we take indoor air quality (IAQ) seriously and believe it’s an essential part of a healthy home environment. Whether you’re looking to add ventilation in overly humid areas or your existing fans aren’t getting the job done, we help you select and install kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans that maintain the proper level of clean, healthy air throughout your Frederick, MD home.
How Exhaust Fans Work
Removing moisture, odors, and gases from your home keeps it and your family safe. Exhaust fans are typically installed to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning and direct smoke and other indoor pollutants outside your home. This is particularly important for people who live in modern homes that are much more airtight than older ones.
Exhaust fans use a motor to turn interior blades that function to pull air out of the area where they’re installed. The humid, stale, or contaminated air is propelled through an exhaust vent as it exits the home. They use electricity to operate and are typically controlled by a wall switch. Some newer models are equipped with sensors that signal the exhaust fan to come on when certain conditions are reached in the area.
Signs You Need a Ventilation Upgrade or New Installation
There are a lot of benefits to installing the proper type and number of exhaust fans in your Frederick, MD home. They:
- Quickly cool down too-hot areas due to cooking or showering
- Remove excess moisture that can lead to mold growth
- Improve IAQ by removing odors, humidity, and contaminants
An improperly operating exhaust fan allows heat and moisture to escape to other parts of the home. A poorly installed one can be noisy when used, so people avoid turning it on. Signs you need to replace an existing exhaust fan or install a new one include:
- Fogging mirrors in bathrooms
- Lingering odors in kitchens and baths
- Ceiling stains, usually caused by moisture and cooking processes
- Loud or unusual sounds
- Blades that stop turning
The technicians at Wenbrooke Services can analyze your home to ensure your existing exhaust fans are operating correctly and assess whether additional units should be installed.
The most common areas in the home for exhaust fans are the kitchen and bathrooms, but they’re also installed in garages and attics to clear out unhealthy, dangerous fumes and prevent moisture buildup that can lead to mold and rot.
Kitchen Exhaust Fans
Kitchen exhaust fans dissipate cooking smells, smoke, grease, heat, and natural gas fumes from the kitchen’s air. When you regularly use your kitchen exhaust fan, you may find you need to run the air conditioning less. For best results, choose a vented kitchen exhaust fan over an unvented one.
Bathroom Exhaust Fans
Bathroom exhaust fans transfer moisture and odors out of the bathroom. They also eliminate foggy mirrors and excess heat. Venting moisture out of your home’s bathrooms inhibits mold growth and can prevent peeling paint or wallpaper.
Why Choose Wenbrooke Services for Exhaust Fan Services
The electrical wiring and venting required to install exhaust fans properly can be challenging for many DIYers. An experienced, qualified residential electrician is the best person for the job and can guide you to the right ventilation system for your Frederick, MD home.
To learn more about our exhaust fan and home ventilation services, contact Wenbrooke Services online today or call us at 240-394-1500.