Nothing beats a hot shower at the end of a long day, but all the steam that’s produced can wreak havoc if your bathroom isn’t properly ventilated. While not all local building codes require the installation of bathroom vent fans in new construction, if your bathroom doesn’t have one, “installing one now is still recommended as it will improve overall air quality,” says Krystle Remington, a product support team member for online plumbing retailer SupplyHouse.com.
But venting steam is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of these fans. If you’re thinking about installing a bathroom fan—or replacing an existing one with a newer model—keep reading. You'll learn how today’s bath fans can both clear the air and protect your home, making a fan an indispensable feature in a well-designed bathroom.