Fitting a Shower Extractor Fan

Shower Extractor Fan

Installing a shower extractor fan can take you a few hours to complete. But rest assured, it will guarantee you a properly ventilated bathroom that is free from odor and steam. The extractor fan will not only remove foul smells, mold and mildew but it will also reduced dust, allergens and dander that could harm your health. Here are the steps on how to fit an extractor fan in your bathroom.

You will need:

  1. Bathroom Exhaust Fan Kit
  2. Carpentry Tools
  3. Handsaw Or Reciprocal Saw


  1. First, decide what model and type of bathroom exhaust fan you will need for the project. Some of the common models came with allergen-reducing filters. Other types could be as simple as utilitarian systems that only serve as fan-powered vents. Ask the hardware or home improvement assistants to help you choose the most suitable type of exhaust fan that fits your budget and lifestyle.
  2. Then, search an area of your bathroom that has a clear and definite route for venting. Most exhaust fan models found in home improvement stores can mount either in the ceiling or in the exterior wall of the home. Choose the best model that suits your bathroom feature.
  3. Next, you need to cut the hole in which the exhaust fan will be mounted. Wear gloves and eye protection before and at all times when installing your kit. You can use a small handsaw or a reciprocal saw to cut an opening. Cut the opening by following the template tracing that was included with the bathroom exhaust fan. Make a cut about 1/8 inches from the template edge. The cut will allow room for more material if needed.
  4. Examine the wiring leading to the bathroom\’s main light. This is the place where you will need to wire in the exhaust fan. Before connecting the bathroom exhaust fan, you have to understand how your home electrical wiring system works. Make sure to turn the main power off. Then, connect the exhaust fan wiring to the house wiring by following the wiring plan provided with the fan kit.
  5. Install the ventilation duct which is provided together with the unit. Make sure that the duct is installed from the bathroom exhaust fan to a roof soffit that leads outside of your bathroom. Point the actual duct vent to the downwards direction where it leads to the outside. The direction will prevent any debris and rain from entering the hose.

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