Types of vents and fans

When you go out to buy a fan gather information about the different types and models. We offer you a list of exhaust fans (for the roof) and intake types and a few details about each of them.

The ridge vent is a exhaust fan.

It is a louvered cover made out of metal that runs over the entire roof area. It allows the air from the attic to get out and prevents rain and other residues to enter the house.

A roof vent is small, made from metal and square. Most of the models have a fan which is connected to a thermostat.

  • A type of the roof vent is the turbine vent. It has contoured air-vanes that extract hot air from the attic and move with the help of any small breeze. It doesn’t look very good, so you would want to place it on the back of your house.
  • The gable vent is another type of a roof vent. It is placed at the end of the roof. It looks like triangle or square indentation and can be found on older houses. They are easy to install, but are the quite inefficient.

The intake vents are a bigger category that includes soffit, eave, rafter and foundation vents. They all work by bringing cool air through cornices or soffits.

The type called soffit vent is installed throughout the entire soffit area and has louvered frames.

A circular shaped vent suited for the attic ventilation and installed under the eaves and between the beams are called eave vent. This is another type of intake vents.

Exhaust and intake vents properly work if they are coordinated with a rafter vent. Its role is to prevent the attic insulation to block the air circulation from the soffit and eave vents to the exhaust ones.

The foundation of a house needs ventilation too. This is done by foundation vents which are placed in basements or crawl spaces.

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