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Quiet and Efficient Vent Fans

March/April 2006
This article originally appeared in the March/April 2006 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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March 02, 2006
        According to the Home Ventilating Institute (HVI), the humidity level in a bathroom during a bath or shower “is like that in a tropical rain forest—uncomfortable, hot, and damaging—a perfect breeding ground for mold, mildew, and micro-organisms that can impact your health.”Vent fans, whether used in the bathroom, utility room, or kitchen, play a key role in maintaining appropriate humidity levels and removing objectionable odors. While HVI recommends that bathroom exhaust fans run for 20 minutes after each bathroom use, these fans are often not used as intended either because they are too noisy or, less frequently, because they use too much energy. As a result, homeowners suffer from poor air quality and potential health risks, and contractors receive complaints.

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