Not Too Ugly Bathroom Fans

Let’s discuss bathroom fans. Though not a very sexy addition to the bath, it is likely to be an essential one. The problem is most fans are either extremely ugly or institutionally boring. Granted, fans serve a purpose and don’t have to be show stoppers, but can they be moderately tasteful? If you’re thinking that you don’t need a bathroom ventilation fan, think again. Exhaust fans are necessary to prevent mildew, mold and swampy smells because . . . 1. Most new houses are airtight, allowing little natural ventilation. 2. In older houses, the windows were supposed to be left open but yours might be painted shut like ours. 3. Even if you can open a window, it's so humid outside that you still have moisture in the bathroom (consequently, you can never dry off).

What sort of fan do you need? It’s important to first consider the size of your bathroom, the noise level you can endure, and the function of the fan (light/fan, fan/heater, or just a fan). When it comes to style, options include decorative fans, recessed fans, and those ordinary industrial fans. We’ve found a few of the least offensive fan and light combinations for your ventilating pleasure.

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Above: Decorative fan by Hunter, recessed fan light by Broan, and plain exhaust fan by NuTone.

First page (clockwise from top left): Sleek NuTone fan/light in chrome, almost invisible NuTone combination fan, Broan fan/light in satin nickel, and Luminance traditional bathroom fan.

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