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mizrachi 12-01-2010 06:13 PM

How can I vent a bathroom exhaust fan out of the window without it looking hideous?
 
I can not break the outer wall. I must vent thru the window. I'm considering either an in-window fan, like this one, but am unsure how to run power to the fan while still allowing the window to operate, or a traditional ceiling fan, running the duct work above the ceiling and out the window, but I can't imagine an attractive way to pull this off.

The window is a typical double hung vertical slider. And, if need be, I can remove the glass as I am the homeowner.

Again, I'd like full functionality of my window and have it look good.

loneframer 12-01-2010 06:55 PM

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Originally Posted by mizrachi (Post 543811)
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Why not just open the window when ventilation is necessary?

mizrachi 12-01-2010 07:07 PM

Because I'd be too visible . The bathroom is on the ground floor of an apartment building facing the courtyard. Tenants above and opposite this window would have a direct line of sight to me in the shower, on the toilet, at the sink, etc.

bob22 12-01-2010 07:56 PM

Why can't you break the wall? It would cost more up front, but a ceiling mounted fan ducted through the wall would look better and likely perform better.

mizrachi 12-01-2010 07:58 PM

the building wont allow it

Red Squirrel 12-01-2010 07:59 PM

I would just bite the bullet and make a hole in the wall, vent it like a dryer. Depends what's above of course, if it's an attic then there would be no wall to vent out of, but you could vent out the soffit which will be even easier depending on how the roof slope is.


edit: oh nm, missed the part about the building not allowing it. (guessing it's a condo or rental?)

bob22 12-01-2010 08:01 PM

How can they not allow it? Isn't there a building code on ventilation that putting in the fan would put them in compliance?

loneframer 12-01-2010 08:04 PM

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Originally Posted by bob22 (Post 543920)
How can they not allow it? Isn't there a building code on ventilation that putting in the fan would put them in compliance?

Ventilation fans are not required if there is an operable window.

loneframer 12-01-2010 08:05 PM

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Originally Posted by mizrachi (Post 543848)
Because I'd be too visible . The bathroom is on the ground floor of an apartment building facing the courtyard. Tenants above and opposite this window would have a direct line of sight to me in the shower, on the toilet, at the sink, etc.

I'd get a gym membership and some nice candles.:laughing:

bob22 12-01-2010 08:08 PM

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Originally Posted by loneframer (Post 543928)
I'd get a gym membership and some nice candles.:laughing:

good one! I was thinking the same kinda thing.

Jim F 12-01-2010 08:13 PM

That's nuts. If the landlord refused to supply a vent fan in the bathroom I'd be looking for another apartment. Of course I guess apartments are in short supply in some locales.

yuri 12-01-2010 09:14 PM

The OP is the homeowner. Must be a Condo and they won't allow any changes to the outside of the bldg for cosmetic reasons.


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