Have you ever stopped to consider the differences when it comes to the intake vs. exhaust fan? If you haven’t, you aren’t alone. The truth is, most people don’t spend much mental energy on their metal building accessories — that is, until those accessories fall into disrepair. At Metallic Products, we believe having a solid understanding of the building accessories at play is key. Not only does it help to ensure you have the right tools for the job, but that you’re providing the maintenance and TLC needed to keep them working their best. Read on to learn all about the intake vs. exhaust fan — what the two are, how they help and more.
Intake vs. Exhaust Fan — What’s the Difference?
The key differentiator between these two varieties hinges on which direction the fan is moving the air. Put simply, intake fans draw fresh, clean air into a space, while exhaust fans move warm, stale air (or air contaminated by manufacturing or production practices) out. Ideally, your ventilation system will incorporate both varieties working in tandem — replenishing that removed air quickly to avoid a negative pressure situation. Negative pressure can lead to a number of issues, including increased humidity and growth of mold and mildew. Of course, these fans also help to keep temperatures regulated and spaces more comfortable.
Making Your System Work for You
In order to be as effective as possible, your ventilation system must be tailored to suit your unique space and the work that takes place inside it. (In other words, this isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation.) Here are some things to consider:
We’re just at the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the intake vs. exhaust fan. If you have questions on any of the above, or you’re ready to get rolling on incorporating either fan option into your next metal building project, contact our team today! Metallic Products offers a range of intake fans (including fixed, adjustable and architectural louvers), and exhaust fans such as continuous and low profile ridge vents, turbine vents and power vents, too. We look forward to working with you!