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What Is the Difference Between Ventilation Fans and Exhaust Fans?

Like many, most individuals could not speak about the differences between ventilation fans and exhaust fans off the top of their head. In fact, many would think they are one in the same. However, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Each fan serves specific purposes in both commercial and residential spaces that are crucial for supplying high-quality air throughout an area. This blog post will serve the purpose of describing the difference between these two types of intake air fans.

Ventilation Fans

As the name implies, ventilation fans are used to ventilate a residential or commercial space. This  works to bring fresh air from the outside and into the enclosed space. It helps circulate air through the building or home, which prevents individuals from breathing stuffy, less oxygenated air. Without ventilation, you and other individuals will be left breathing air that is not fresh.

Exhaust Fans

When pollutants and contaminants enter the air, exhaust fans remove them in order to provide clean air. Some common contaminants and pollutants include smoke, moisture, dust, and odors. Smoke from cooking and moisture from a hot shower can efficiently be removed from the air by this type of intake fan. If these contaminants are not removed from the air, you will subject your lungs to possibly breathing in harmful particles.

Differences Between These Fans

Both ventilation fans and exhaust fans work to create the freshest, cleanest air possible in the space they are installed. The main difference between the two types of fans is their application. While a ventilation fan works to bring clean air into an enclosed space from an outside source, an exhaust fan removes pollutants from the indoor air in a home or commercial space.

Each fan has unique characteristics that allow it to perform its intended actions efficiently. Additional differences between these two types of intake fans include: 


Exhaust Fan

Ventilation Fan

Spaces Used

Bathroom, Kitchen, Factories

Bedrooms, Offices, Corridors

Operation Location

Near Windows, Exhaust Hoods

Ceilings, In Vent Systems


Industrial Fans Direct is perfectly positioned to supply you with the ventilations fans or exhaust fans you need to keep the air in your commercial or residential space fresh and free of contaminants. Each fan has its own unique properties and application, so it is important to place them in the correct space. In addition, selecting a fan with the proper CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) is crucial to ensuring the fan operates as intended. A CFM that is too low will not be able to provide you with pristine air because it cannot move the air through the space efficiently. If you have already pursued our inventory, please request a quote today. Otherwise, please contact our sales team with any questions you may have about our vast selection of intake air fans.

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