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Why You Shouldn't Use Your Exhaust Fans in the Winter
04 Jan
By: Splash Omnimedia
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Using your exhaust fan in the winter could cause extra work for your heating and air conditioning system.

To avoid using your heating and air conditioning system more than necessary in the winter, it’s best to avoid using your exhaust fan as much as you can. But why is so? And if you’re not running your exhaust fan, is there anything else you can do to help circulate the indoor air? Read on to find out.

The Reason Not to Run the Exhaust Fan

An exhaust fan works by taking air inside a building and transporting it outside. But when this happens, outside air must come inside to replace what just left. In the winter, this means an exhaust fan is pushing warmed air into the cold environment while pulling in cold air from the outside. Your heater has to work harder to warm this cold air.

Alternatives to Using an Exhaust Fan

Exhaust fans typically exist in the kitchen or bathroom. In the kitchen, using an exhaust fan may be necessary for pushing out smelly or humid air. Besides using an exhaust fan, cooks can place a free-standing fan in the kitchen to provide extra air circulation throughout the house. This isn" perfect solution, but it can help if the smell or humidity isn't>

The bathroom is another primary location for exhaust fan usage as it removes the moist air to avoid fogging up the mirrors. To stop using a bathroom exhaust fan, there are several possible solutions.

First, you can take short and cool showers. This won’t be comfortable or easy in the winter time, but it helps you avoid using an exhaust fan. Second, you can shower with an open door. This will drastically reduce moisture buildup in the bathroom. A problem with this solution is that the humid air will spread to the rest of the house.

To help your heating and air conditioning system during the winter months, try to avoid using the exhaust fan as much as possible. To learn about additional ways to do this, contact our team of experts at Climate Control at your earliest convenience.

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