Ventilation 101 with Damon Bennett

Damon to appear at Niagara Region Home & Garden Show
January 11, 2017

Ventilation 101 with Damon Bennett

Watch Damon Bennett install the Broan 350 CFM Vertical Discharge Exhaust Fan behind the bar of a pub.

 

Ventilation is one of the most important elements in your home.  Simple reason:  Houses must have an indoor/outdoor exchange of air to replenish oxygen used by the occupants.  Air exchange removes pollutants generated by breathing, household activities and emissions from building materials and furnishings. Pure and simple- good air quality is essential for a healthy home.

As a contractor, I have used various Broan fans to improve existing systems in the homes and commercial spaces I have renovated.  We recently installed the Broan 350 CFM Vertical Discharge Exhaust Fan behind the bar of a pub we built, to help eliminate both the humidity and the lovely fragrance of stale draft beer. A busy pub will have plenty of both moisture and odours behind the bar so at 350 CFM’s, this fan is up for the task. Powerful and quiet; perfect for this social club.

The Vertical Discharge Exhaust Fan is also ideal for removing the high humidity that can be an issue in laundry rooms. It helps to prevent a build- up of condensation which can lead to mold and rot. It is also a very effective unit for removing smoke and other unwanted odours, or fumes, which can be an issue in kitchens, rec rooms, workshops or garages.

Here are a few helpful tips when installing a Broan 350 CFM Vertical Discharge Exhaust Fan:

Tip One:

All of your ductwork for this fan must be metal, no plastic.

Tip Two:

Ductwork must vent out to your roof; not into your attic where a buildup of grease could become a fire hazard.

Tip Three:

Any time you’re venting to the outside of the house, the last 6 feet of metal ductwork should be wrapped in duct insulation, to help prevent condensation, which can lead to moisture damage.
Next up:  Room to Room exhaust

The Room-to-Room exhaust fan does exactly what you need it to do when you have a room with no windows. These fans are designed to improve air circulation from one room to another.  It is perfect for furnace or utility rooms where you definitely want to prevent a build-up of moisture.  I recommend the Broan 380 CFM Room-to-Room Exhaust Fan, which simple, and easy to install..  Here are two tips to help with get you started.

Tip Four:

Measure your wall thickness prior to purchasing this unit, your walls have to be a minimum of 3″ and no wider than 5.5″ thick.

Tip Five:

Know or find your stud span. Most walls are 16″ on centre, but we also build 12″ on centre in some instances. You will need to know where your studs are so that you can accurately determine where to cut your opening. Attaching one side of your fan housing to a wall stud will also provide added stability for your unit.

Damon Bennett is a contractor and television personality.  He has worked with Broan products for years and has now happily become a brand ambassador for them.

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