What type of Pipe Do You Use For A Bathroom Fan?
The answer to this question depends upon your needs. If you are looking for a cheap alternative then PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) pipe may be suitable. However, if you want to make sure that the air flow through the fan will not cause any problems, then it would be better to choose a metal pipe. Metal pipes have a higher resistance to electrical current than PVC pipe. They are also less likely to break down over time due to moisture.
Metal pipes are usually made from one piece of metal which makes them stronger and more durable than two pieces of different metals. Also, they tend to last longer because they don’t need maintenance like PVC pipe does.
PVC pipe is made up of many small pieces which means that it breaks down faster than other types of pipes. Also, PVC pipe tends to leak out its pores when exposed to moisture. These leaks can lead to rusting and corrosion on the outside of the pipe and inside the pipe itself. This is why PVC pipes are not recommended for bathrooms where there is high humidity levels such as those found in basements or bedrooms.
Aluminum pipes are not good for bathrooms because they tend to break down quickly when they are exposed to moisture.
Galvanized pipe and copper pipes can both last a long time but their biggest disadvantage is that they are much more expensive than both PVC and metal pipes.
Considering your needs, if you just need a quick fix then a PVC pipe may be suitable. If you want a long lasting durable pipe then metal pipe would work well. Galvanized and copper pipes are better for practical jokes.
Bathroom fan vent pipe size:
A bathroom exhaust fan is an important part of any bathroom to help keep the air fresh and circulate the air. However, if your bathroom exhaust fan uses up too much energy then it defeats the purpose of installing it in the first place. But do not worry too much about this as many states have laws that limit the amount of energy that these fans can use up.
Most exhaust fans use between 100 watts and 300 watts of power, which is not too bad considering that the average light bulb uses 100 watts as well. These numbers can be used as a general guideline in figuring out how much energy your bathroom fan uses up. Another thing to look at is the size of your bathroom. The larger your bathroom is the more powerful your fan needs to be in order to keep the air fresh and circulated throughout the room. If the bathroom is small then a smaller fan may be enough to do the job.
The vent pipe of your exhaust fan needs to be the right size in order to expel the air from your bathroom. If the pipe is too small then the air will be pushed out slowly making it pointless to even have an exhaust fan. If the pipe is too big then the fan will be working too hard, wasting energy and costing you more money on your utility bills. As a general rule of thumb, make sure your exhaust fan vent pipe has the same diameter as that of a clothes dryer vent pipe. This is usually between 8 inches and 10 inches in diameter.
If you find that your bathroom exhaust fan vent pipe is either too small or too big than it may be time to replace it. You can buy exhaust fan vent pipes at most home improvement stores and they are fairly easy to install as well.
Bathroom exhaust fan power consumption:
One of the most important factors in having a bathroom exhaust fan is making sure that it is energy efficient as possible. As I mentioned before, most bathroom exhaust fans use between 100 to 300 watts of power. Now, this may not seem like much but if you multiply that by the number of hours that a bathroom exhaust fan runs in a day then you may be surprised by the results. In my home, I have a bathroom exhaust fan that runs for about 4 hours in the morning and another 4 hours at night. So that means that my bathroom exhaust fan runs for at least 8 hours every day.
Now multiply 100 watts by 8 hours and you get 800 watt hours, meanwhile if you multiply 300 watts by 8 hours you get 2,400 watt hours. This means my bathroom exhaust fan uses up 2,400 watt hours of power every day.
Now over the course of a month this isn’t too bad, but what about over the course of a year? Well if you take 2,400 watt hours and multiply that by 30 (24 days x 2 hours) then you get 69,600. This means that my exhaust fan uses up about 70 kwh every month. Now multiply that by 12 and you get 864 kwh for a yearly total. If we convert 864 kwh into money (using this online calculator) we get a final answer of $85.76.
This means that my bathroom fan costs me about $85 every year in electricity costs.
Is having a bathroom fan worth $85 dollars every year? It really just depends on your situation, if you live by yourself or you don’t mind stinking up the house then maybe you can get away with not running it. However, if you got kids then you’ll probably want to run it to keep your house from smelling like the inside of a sewer. Also if you’re a girl and you’re on your period then you’ll definitely want to run it because the last thing you want is to ruin your bathroom rug with menstrual blood.
The smell of a bathroom can also be curbed by other means such as spraying air freshener or using scented candles. However, these are not as effective and don’t last as long. Also they can be messy if used improperly. So in terms of an efficient bathroom deodorizing system you’re probably going to have to spend the money to run an exhaust fan.
To sum everything up, bathroom exhaust fans can be expensive to operate but they are necessary in stench control. If you live by yourself and your bathroom doesn’t stink up the house then you probably don’t need to run yours all the time. However, if you’re a family or have roommates then you’ll need to run it more frequently. There are many energy efficient models out on the market today so be sure to shop around before making a final decision. Also, just because a fan comes with an “energy label” or is “energy star rated” doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s energy efficient.
Do your research!
You can also try using candles, incense or air fresheners to help control the smell in the bathroom but this won’t be effective for large bathrooms. In this case you’ll definitely need an exhaust fan.
While using scented candles, incense or air fresheners can be effective in small bathrooms, they are not nearly as effective as an exhaust fan. If you are looking to save money on your energy bill then you’ll need to get an exhaust fan that has an automatic setting. This will allow the fan to run for a few minutes after every use of the bathroom. Over time this can save you a lot of money and it’s much more effective at removing odors.
Besides saving you money on your energy bill, an exhaust fan with an automatic setting will also help to make your house smell fresh and clean. When you have company over they will think better of you, especially if the person you are trying to impress is a potential romantic interest. In addition, exhaust fans with automatic settings will make your bathroom less of a breeding ground for harmful bacteria.
After doing some research and comparing models, I’ve come to the conclusion that the best exhaust fan with an automatic setting is the Nutone 992N fan. This fan is extremely effective at removing odors and it uses very little energy (about $10 per year). Also, it’s quiet and can be set on a timer (15 or 30 minute intervals) for continuous ventilation.
I hope this article has helped you in some way. Please feel free to leave comments/feedback and let me know if you have any questions. If you decide to purchase one of these fans, I’d appreciate if you went through the links on my site as it helps me to pay for these things (just kidding, or am I?). However, I’d really appreciate it because it helps to reinforce the fact that I’m actually helping people with these things.
Thanks for reading and have a nice day!
P.S. I was going to add a Poll to this article so that you could let me know which system you currently have in your house and whether it needs to be cleaned, but I’m having trouble adding the Poll. If this article gets enough views I’ll add it later.
Also, feel free to leave any comments or questions regarding exhaust fans in the comment section below. I’ll try to get to them as soon as possible. Thanks!
My exhaust fan is in my bathroom. It’s a few years old but I had it installed within the last 10. It’s made by Broan and is quiet and efficient. I don’t have to smell whatever mess I make in the bathroom if I leave the door open because this fan is so powerful. Whenever I shower I leave it on and any odor is quickly whisked away.
I bought my unit on Amazon for about $90. If you are going to buy one, get one with an automatic shut off timer. Also, make sure it’s quiet. The one I have has a 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon which isn’t bad.
As a kid I didn’t have an exhaust fan in my bathroom and I remember sometimes I’d take a dump and not even know it because the smell wouldn’t register until after I was done wiping.
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