Installing a garage exhaust fan is a task which is not overly difficult to do as long as you follow some basic guidelines. By trying to do this on your own rather than hiring somebody you will save money. Here is how to best go about it:
Step 1: Acquire the Exhaust Fan
An exhaust fan is a basic but rather efficient system which can help to make your garage feel cooler and retain more purified air. This will also help to eliminate odors and stuffiness. Try to shop around to check different models and brands. Prices will vary also depending on power and size. Make sure to acquire an exhaust fan which is powerful enough for the area of your garage.
Step 2: Decide Where to Install it
The next step is very important as the location will play an important part in the ultimate effectiveness of the fan. First of all make it a point to choose a location which is as high up as possible. Just below the ceiling is the best place. If you use some sort of equipment or carry out work in your garage that causes heat to rise it is best to place the exhaust fan as near as possible. Hot air will rise up and the exhaust fan needs to be in an appropriate position where most of this air can reach it in order to be absorbed by it more efficiently and effectively. Another factor to consider is to be as near as possible to an electrical source. Also, use a stud finder to locate the studs in that area of the wall.
Step 3: Cut the Hole
Once you have decided where to install it you need to cut a hole where it will be fitted. Most exhaust fans come with a template which you can use to guide you with the correct size to cut. If not, measure the exhaust fan and use a drywall saw to make the hole. A hand drill can also come in handy. Remove the resultant debris.
Step 4: Install the Fan's Housing
Next you need to install the fan's housing. This requires you to cut a hole on the outer wall. To manage to do this you may need to use a jigsaw. Make sure to exercise caution throughout when handling such tools and to wear appropriate safety equipment such as gloves and goggles. Remove the part of the wall that you have cut and insert the fan's housing.
Step 5: Wiring
Now you need to do the wiring so as to connect the fan's system adequately. Then plug into the nearby electrical supply. Check that the fan's motor works. If not there is something wrong with the wiring.
Step 6: Install the Front Part of the Fan
Now you need to install the front part of the fan. This should fit in by means of screws to the the back part of the fan. Use a screwdriver to fasten the screws well.
And now you are done, and you can enjoy a more ventilated garage thanks to the exhaust fan.