How to build a better outdoor exhaust fans
A new type of outdoor exhaust system could improve the way outdoor air gets into homes, and save thousands of dollars a year in maintenance, according to a new study.
The researchers at the University of Pennsylvania studied air flow, humidity and other factors that contribute to how exhaust fans work, including the amount of energy they use.
The study found that air flow increases in the winter, and that fans with more energy use tend to work better.
The study, published today in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, also found that indoor exhaust fans that are less efficient tend to perform better.
The researchers, led by Robert C. Muehlhaus, professor of mechanical engineering, used a computer model to compare the efficiency of different outdoor exhaust systems.
They found that the more efficient a fan is, the more energy it uses.
The model was able to determine that a fan with a higher efficiency would use a smaller amount of electricity, or about a third less.
A fan with an average efficiency of less than 1 percent was less efficient, but had better air flow.
The team used the model to design and build a pair of outdoor fans, which they said could be used for “very large applications.”
They said that the model could be incorporated into existing indoor and outdoor exhaust solutions, such as those for refrigerators.
The research could have an impact on the way homeowners install their outdoor fans.
Miehlhaus said that one of the biggest issues for many homeowners is that they do not have a set of approved air purifiers to use.
The outdoor air purifier industry is booming, but many homeowners are not aware of the potential benefits of indoor air purification, Miehls said.
He said that even though the model might be simple to use, it could help homeowners design their own systems to ensure their outdoor exhaust is as efficient as possible.
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