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bathroom exhaust fan location, ceiling or outside wall?


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Old 12-19-06, 11:25 AM
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bathroom exhaust fan location, ceiling or outside wall?

I need to decide which is the better location for installing a bathroom exhaust fan, looking for opinions from anyone with experience in either of these two installations:


1) Side wall install over bathroom window:

This seems like the easiest, but the outside wall is stucco and vents to covered patio.

2) Ceiling Install:

Requires cutting access hole in roof, roof is old and worn, concerned about creating a leak problem.


Any input is appreciated.


Thanks.
 
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Old 12-19-06, 03:30 PM
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I prefer ceiling mount, but it could vent to a gable end, if the run is not too long. Installing it over a window is not good, especially if you ever open the window. There are some good roof caps for exhaust fans, look around.
 
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Old 12-19-06, 04:51 PM
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Much easier to run wiring in the ceiling (attic access) than an existing wall......
 
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Old 12-19-06, 05:54 PM
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I think the exhaust is most efficient when it is located at the highest point in the room. I wouldn't worry too much about creating a roof leak. You can purchase an exhaust vent boot at most home centers. They're pretty easy to install.
 
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Old 12-20-06, 03:53 AM
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I agree with the ceiling mount. Don't forget, installing over a window will surely cause you to cut into the header, which is solid from the inside to out, and you will weaken the header by doing so.
 
 

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