One of the most important features of any bathroom is the bathroom fan, which is used to circulate the air in the bathroom and provides a number of benefits, including inhibiting the growth of mold and reducing the amount of humidity in the area.
Installing a bathroom fan can be done by anyone by following a few simple steps and using the proper tools. Whether you are installing a bathroom fan in a new area or replacing an older bathroom fan, the basic instructions are the same to secure the fan in the right area.
1. Choosing The Right Bathroom Fan For Your Needs
When choosing a bathroom fan, there are several things that need to be kept in mind. One thing to keep in mind is how much noise the fan creates. The more expensive fans are generally more silent and are often more durable, but less expensive fans can have a low noise rating as well. Generally, the lower the noise rating for the bathroom fan is, the more comfortable the homeowner is with using the fan.
The other thing to keep in mind when choosing a bathroom fan is the amount of air the fan will need to move within the bathroom. Bathroom fans that are too weak to circulate all of the air in the bathroom will not be effective in reducing the humidity and mold growth in the bathroom. Be sure to measure the total square area of the bathroom and choose a bathroom fan that can circulate that amount of air.
2. Make A Complete Installation Plan
The reason that many home improvement projects fail is because the homeowner fails to make a plan to complete the project before starting the project. It is important to have all of the correct measurements, correct materials, and the right tools before starting to install the bathroom fan as repeated delays will only serve to frustrate the homeowner. Having everything planned out before the project has begun will make everything flow smoothly and easily.
3. Installing The Bathroom Fan
The first step in installing a bathroom fan is to cut the hole for the fan in the ceiling of the bathroom. The bathroom fan will need to be anchored to the joists of the bathroom ceiling so the placement of the ceiling joists will determine the placement of the bathroom fan.
Before cutting into the ceiling, turn off the power to the ceiling at the power junction and ensure that there is no power going into the ceiling by testing the circuit.
After the hole for the bathroom fan has been cut, the next step is to run the wires for the bathroom fan and place the housing for the fan into the hole. Most commercially sold bathroom fans come with the right brackets and screws to secure the housing to the ceiling joists. After the wires have been connected, turn the power to the bathroom ceiling back on and test the fan to ensure everything is working properly.
After the housing has been secured, the air from the bathroom fan will need to be vented to the outside. Depending on the type of home and the placement of the bathroom within the home, the bathroom fan may be vented through the attic, through a wall, or through a soffit.
The ducting to connect the vent to the bathroom fan is often included in the kit for the bathroom fan, but if longer ducting is needed, it will need to be purchased before the installation begins.
The last step in installing a bathroom fan is ensuring that fresh air can enter into the bathroom while the bathroom fan is running. Some individuals choose to create a gap in their bathroom door while others make holes covered with decorative grilles to aid airflow into the bathroom. Once this step and the cleanup are completed, you are ready to enjoy your new bathroom fan.