Condensation in bathroom fans is an annoying happening. It can give a tough time if it stays there for long.
No one can quote a single particular reason regarding the condensation of bathroom fans. It happens due to several factors.
Whatever the cause may be, this condensation of the bathroom can become a headache.
In the case of condensation in the bathroom fan, you will look for a solution.
Here are some of the steps that you need to follow to prevent condensation in the future:
1. Clearing The Clogs
One of the reasons behind condensation is the malfunctioning vent hose. Birds often visit the vent houses.
They love to create their nests in the hose. This nest can clog the vent hose along with other forms of obstruction too.
This clogging can result in noisy fans and an increase in the condensation. If your fan is making noise, then it is the sign of the beginning of the problem.
To test the performance of fans, it is essential to check the suction quality of the fan.
Place a tissue paper close to the working fan. If the tissue gets attached to the fan, it means the fan’s quality is maintained.
Do check the vent; switch on the fan, place your hand close to the vent and check the strength of the airflow.
If the suction is not powerful and the airflow is not as strong as it should be, then there is some obstruction in the vent hose. Check for the obstruction and clear the clogs.
2. Improve The Isolation
In many homes, the bathroom fan runs down the attic. If the fan is not adequately insulated, then it is essential to ensure proper insulation.
Lack of insulation can curse the bathroom fans. If the cool exhaust is inside while it runs down the hot attic, the temperature difference can result in condensation.
This condensation happens both inside and outside the fan. As the condensed vapors keep accumulating, it can result in dripping as well.
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3. Change The Vent Hose
You can resolve the condensation problem by replacing the vent hose. Replace the existing hose with a sturdy metal vent.
The traditional fans have corrugated vent hose that has several tiny ridges. The ridges can act as a barrier in the airflow.
One of the disadvantages of corrugated hoses is the bending issue. It can bend easily, and this bending can result in moisture accumulation that ultimately leads to condensation.
Check the slope of the vent hose too. The slope must be directed towards the exterior. Sloping it towards the bathroom can be a hassle.
Make sure to avoid unnecessary bends as more bends can impede the movement of water.
4. Better Attic Insulation
A poorly insulated attic can leave condensation traces, especially on the fan just above the attic. If the fan has vents towards the external wall, then a considerable temperature difference is created.
In case the attic is cold, and the fan is throwing out hot and humid air, it will result in condensation.
The situation can be vice versa. Many homeowners do not bother covering the fan with the insulation.
5. Buy A Good Quality Fan
What matters greatly is the quality of the fan. Even bought at high prices, a good quality fan would save you from long term additional expenses.
Purchasing the right fan means that you are making a safe investment. Before investing in the bathroom, fans check the speed.
By speed, I mean the volume of air that the fan discharges.
6. Cleaning And Maintenance
The maintenance is a must to add more years to the fan and prevent condensation.
Cleaning does not just mean cleaning the fan; it means a thorough cleaning of the fan and is related parts like the vent and the vent hose.
The tiny holes in the bathroom fan vent can also impact adversely on the performance of the fan. As these small pores get clogged, the airflow reduces.
The regular cleaning allows the fan to keep the air regulating, and in this way, the condensation reduces as well.
7. Keep The Fan Running
Make sure after installation, the bathroom fan is in regular use. Inform all the family members to switch on the fan every time they are using the bathroom.
After completing the use of the toilet, make sure it stays on for some time so that the moisture does not last long.
Switching off the fan for long can save energy, but can result in condensation.
These are a few ways to prevent condensation in the fans. Keep a close eye on how the fan is working.
The slightest change in working can result in extreme situations. The airflow, the flap condition, and the vent hose all create a great bathroom fan.
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