Bob Vila Radio: Ventilation Fans

Ventilation fans in kitchens and bathrooms are required by code in most states, and they’re a good idea everywhere. They help protect indoor air quality and get rid of excess moisture from cooking and bathing that can lead to mold problems and structural damage.

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Listen to BOB VILA ON VENTILATION FANS, or read text below:

“Ventilation fans in kitchens and bathrooms are required by code in most states, and they’re a good idea everywhere. They help protect indoor air quality and get rid of excess moisture from cooking and bathing that can lead to mold problems and structural damage.

In the kitchen, range hoods now come in all shapes and sizes to go with your cooking surface and décor. They can be ducted through a ceiling or exterior wall. This often requires tearing out plaster or drywall and it’s best done during a remodel.

If you don’t want a large hood, consider a cooktop with a downdraft vent ducted through the floor.  Either way, ventilation fans should always be ducted to the outside, never into an attic or crawlspace.

Bathroom ventilation fans have come a long way, too. Energy star-certified models with built-in ceiling lights can do double duty and save you money, especially since these are so often accidentally left on. They don’t have to be loud anymore either:  a 1.5-sone model doesn’t make much more noise than your refrigerator.

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For more on ventilation, consider:

Quick Tip: Ventilation for the Home
Home Renovation: Ventilation and Insulation
Quick Tip: Don’t Forget to Ventilate!