How to install a window fan
Installing window fans may sound simple at first but it can actually be quite difficult to install one at home depending on the type of home you have. There are many considerations to take into account when choosing a window fan and if they are not considered, installing the unit and using it may not be as beneficial as you might like.
The following steps will help you install your window fan and get the most optimal results:
- Find a window which has the following criteria:
- The window must be far from pollution and other particles or pests.
- Windows must have adequate screens to prevent insects and animals from getting inside.
- Windows should not be accessible outside to prevent burglars and other criminals from entering the home.
- Window must be far from noisy environments; however, the fan can overpower the noise outside due to its own noise.
- Pick the fan that matches your window size and can fit inside it. Picking a large window fan for a small window can cause the fan to fall out of your window.
- Place the window fan on a window that meets these criteria:
- If it can blow inward and the window is located in the coolest part of the house.
- If the window is located in a place that would allow the fan to blow alongside the wind direction in the house.
- If you are in a single-story flat and want to use two window fans, one window fan must be blowing inward on one side of your house then the other should be placed on the other side blowing outward. The doors between these two fans must also be open.
- The window is far from garbage cans, parking areas and any polluted area.
- Place a window fan away from a refrigerator or freezer because it can remove the cool air faster in the room.
- If the room where you will place the window fan will not hit valuables.
- If the window fan you have selected is an inward window fan.
- Place the fan(s) in your window and close the window on top of it as tightly as you can to ensure it does not fall out or trigger local circulation. Make sure it also cannot fall out of the window because it may damage the fan.
- Ensure that all window gaps are masked or covered to ensure that local circulation does not occur. You can skip this method if you are ok getting less air than normal.
- Turn the fans on!
- (Optional) If you have an electric outlet timer or if your window fan comes with timer settings, adjust your settings.
Sounds simple enough, right?
Below are some of the things you have to avoid as you install your window fan:
- Do not place your window fans on windows levels close to the ground because it can trigger additional humidity and cause mold to grow.
- Do not place your window fans within your child’s reach. Similarly, ensure that you are not close to the fans if you are holding something that can be inserted in the fan.
- On rainy days, make sure to remove your fans from the window – especially window fans that blow inward – because it can cause water to get inside the house and trigger damage. If your roofs have large overhangs, this problem can be reduced.
- Place your window fan far from wooden furniture because the humidity and temperatures from the air it produces can cause cracks or warping in the furniture.
- If your fan is malfunctioning for some reason, do not attempt to open it. If the fan’s blades are not rotating or are slower than usual, unplug the fan and check the problem. You should also stop using the fan if it produces a burning smell.
- When sorting out the window fan’s electrical cord, make sure you do not pinch it alongside the window or leave it hanging on the floor. Use an extension cord to ensure it is flat on the floor. Also, do not leave the cords under the carpet because the heat they produce may trigger combustion.