Bathroom And Kitchen Vents: Why You Should Turn Them On

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Generally, the bathroom and kitchen are the most commonly used part of a house. They are known to have the latest technical equipment and are likely to create the most annoying issues for homeowners.

As home inspectors, we frequently encounter plumbing, electrical concerns and DIY projects that went wrong in the kitchen and bathroom. However, there are many common-sense techniques to keep your kitchen and bathroom in good working order and safe. And one of the ways is to turn on your exhaust vents.

Exhaust systems are common in modern bathrooms and kitchens. And this system is designed to maintain these spaces odor- and moisture-free. This blog will provide insight into the importance of bathroom and kitchen exhaust vents and why you should turn them on.

Why Is Bathroom Exhaust Vent Important?

The exhaust fan in the bathroom disperses stale air outside. This is best used when you’re taking a shower. And to avoid dampening walls and appliances, a fan is used to circulate the air in the room and remove the steam generated by hot water. However, mold and germs thrive in wet environments, such as those found in bathrooms, so don’t allow them to accumulate. If not, towels will get mildew, which you can usually tell by the smell, and the wood gets damaged when it gets wet and swells. 

Also, rust appears on metal equipment over time. So, to avoid this, let the fan run for at least 30 minutes after you get out of the shower. Using the fan after showering regularly is equally effective at enhancing air quality and avoiding microbe development.

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Why Is Kitchen Exhaust Vent Important?

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There are several uses for a kitchen fan. For those of us who set off the fire alarm every time we try frying something, it takes up steam and smoke while cooking. Even though it is possible to decrease carbon monoxide accumulation on a gas burner by using a fan, it helps pull up moisture, smells, and food particles, contributing to air pollution. 

When you’re cooking on the stove, turn on the fan a few minutes before cooking and leave it on for another 10-15 minutes after you’re through.

Using the bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans is a simple approach to maintaining these areas clean and preventative care. In the absence of a vent, opening a window or utilizing a small electric fan can also be helpful. Those rooms will appreciate it, and so will the inspection team.

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