Commercial exhaust fans are important to the safe and efficient use of commercial properties, from warehouses to restaurant kitchens. Designed to improve the quality of air in your space, exhaust fans are key to regulating humidity and preventing the buildup of dust, odor, and other airborne contaminants—including viruses, mold, and bacteria!
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The Importance of Exhaust Fans
Commercial buildings have a variety of unique air quality issues that can be managed with the use of strategically placed industrial exhaust fans. Often an integral part of building ventilation systems, exhaust fans are essential in many industries.
Depending on the facility, they may need to be capable of expelling chemical vapors, fumes, smoke, dust, and other fine particles that can irritate the eyes, skin, or respiratory systems of the people inside the building. In some buildings, industrial fans are used to force air into spaces with limited ventilation (e.g., underground workspaces.)
Industrial exhaust fans are essential to indoor air quality improvement. Whether or not industrial fans are required by local building code, they are always best practice. Choose our teams to help you install, maintain, or replace your exhaust fans.
Commercial Exhaust Fan Installation
Exhaust fans are important, and often required, in commercial properties. For example, commercial kitchen exhaust fans are key to the safe operation of a restaurant kitchen.
Exhaust fans in commercial kitchens have the essential job of removing highly flammable grease vapors, steam, smoke, and cooking fumes. They work in conjunction with comprehensive kitchen ventilation systems and mandated fire suppression systems to minimize the risk of fire and maintain indoor air quality.
Commercial kitchen exhaust fans can be housed in the hoods that are found above ranges, fryers, and other major cooking appliances. Other types of exhaust fans may be installed in the ceiling of a building or even up on the roof. No matter your industry, our indoor air quality experts can help you select and install the right fan for the job.
Industrial Exhaust Fan Repair and Maintenance
The comfort, health, and safety of your employees and customers are crucial to your business. Make sure that all commercial exhaust fans are well-maintained and in good working order by scheduling regular maintenance appointments.
Industrial exhaust fan maintenance routines vary, depending on size, model, and usage patterns. Some fans will need to be serviced monthly, while others can be inspected quarterly or annually. Commercial systems are complex, so most (if not all) commercial exhaust fan repairs should be completed by a professional. Do-it-yourself jobs can end up leading to further damage and may void existing warranties.
We can take care of these steps and help you set up an ongoing commercial exhaust fan maintenance schedule that best meets your facility’s individual needs.
Industrial Exhaust Fan Replacement
In the event your exhaust fan fails, a quick replacement is critical. Commercial ventilation systems are crucial to the safe operation of your business—we offer emergency services designed to keep your team up and running.
Trust our service professionals to get the job done safely and efficiently. We’ll exhaust every possible fix before suggesting replacement.
Find Industrial Fan Installation and Commercial Exhaust Fan Repair Near Me
Whether you are starting from scratch, adding additional fans to an existing ventilation system, or replacing a worn-out unit, choose Aire Serv. Request an appointment online or call to get started with our commercial exhaust fan services.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do commercial exhaust fans work?
Unlike regular fans which create a breeze by pushing air forward, exhaust fans work by sucking air outdoors, or in some cases, into an air purifying/filtering system that re-directs clean air back into the room or building. Other than kitchen exhaust fans, which are typically found over ranges and other cooking appliances, most exhaust fans are installed in or near the ceiling or attached to ducts that vent outside.
What is an attic exhaust fan?
An attic exhaust fan is a fan that’s installed in or near the attic’s ceiling or in the rafters of a home or commercial building to vent air outside. Since heat naturally rises, an attic exhaust fan keeps hot air and moisture from being trapped inside.
How can I tell if my exhaust fans are not working as well as they should?
If you notice one or more of the following, it may be time to schedule an industrial exhaust fan service visit:
- Unfamiliar noises that you haven’t noticed before (grinding, metal-scraping sounds, loud buzz or hum)
- Unusual blade rotation (blades moving slower than normal or unusually fast)
- Excessive vibrating or shaking
- Signs of overheating (visible smoke or a “hot” smell emitting from the unit)
Are commercial exhaust fans required in businesses?
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 requires that businesses provide employees with a safe workplace, which includes protecting them from potentially harmful airborne particles. OSHA does not specify indoor air quality regulations, but there are mandates regarding acceptable levels of specific airborne contaminants within the workplace.
Commercial kitchen exhaust fans are often required in restaurants and other businesses that operate commercial kitchens, like schools and hospitals. Additionally, industrial exhaust fans are required in certain manufacturing businesses and other locations where air quality may be compromised.
Check with state and local authorities regarding exhaust fan requirements in your area.
Should I consider exhaust fan installation for my office building or retail business?
Even if your business operations don’t generate hazardous chemicals or excessive dust, you may consider installing exhaust fans to remove unpleasant odors, circulate air, and improve indoor air quality.
For example, common items like fabrics, floor coverings, cleaning supplies, air fresheners, adhesives, and all sorts of other culprits may emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. VOCs are chemical airborne contaminants that may cause headaches, fatigue, nausea, and even respiratory distress in sensitive individuals. An exhaust fan will expel stale, contaminated air and bring fresh air into the building.
Do exhaust fans provide indoor cooling in hot weather?
Although whole-house or attic exhaust fans typically help lower indoor temperatures because they draw a considerable volume of hot air up and out, small exhaust fans by themselves aren’t likely to have a significant cooling effect. They may help rooms feel slightly cooler by keeping air circulating, but they don’t lower the air temperature the way an air conditioner does.