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A fresh air intake directly next to water pipes can cause a frozen water pipe. The fresh air is required for today's HVAC systems. By redirecting the make-up air inlet down to the floor, you can provide some pipe freezing protection.

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An attic fan can help lower excessive attic temperatures. Solar attic fans are available, but have limitations. Electric powered attic fans are available with thermostats to help conserve energy.  Wind-powered turbine vents are another option, but require Mother Nature to supply the power.

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Kitchen exhaust fans have to be sized properly for your kitchen. Overhead exhaust fans capture the smoke and grease mist that could coat your kitchen surfaces. Some of the cook exhaust fans come with built-in lights.

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Venting your clothes dryer directly into the garage could be a building-code violation and a bad idea. Dryer vents exhaust a large amount of water vapor. Putting this condensation into your garage could create rust on unpainted surfaces, and worse, mold inside the walls and ceiling. Clothes-dryer venting should be to the outside.

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Does your garage heat up like an oven? Once the heat builds up in the objects in the garage, they can radiate heat for hours after the direct sun is gone. Insulation and ventilation fans will help reduce the temperature inside your hot garage.

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To keep your attic cool, your attic ventilation requires moving massive amounts of air. More than natural ventilation will do. Attic ventilation fans or turbine roof vents will assist in moving the air. But, powered attic fans can draw your air-conditioned air out of the house.

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Consider an attic fan if your attic gets as "hot as blue blazes." There are solar attic fans available. They work great on a sunny day. But the solar powered attic fans do not work on cloudy days or when the sun goes down. However, the attic still has hot air inside at sunset.

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Bathroom exhaust fans are vital components of your home's ventilation system. Bathroom fans not only exhaust offensive odors, they also pipe vast amounts of humid air to the exterior of your home. Bathroom vent fans come in all types and sizes, but I prefer the ones that have the fan motor located in the attic. These residential bathroom exhaust fans are the quietest ones I have ever used, and they are extremely powerful.

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Air vents replace the air in your home that is used by your hot water heater, furnace and other vents. Tim Carter explains how they work and why they are so important to have in your home. In modern homes, that are very tight, a fresh air vent brings in necessary air. This video shows you how an air vent works in your home.

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