What Size Should My Bathroom Ventilation Fan Be?

Air Quality

Everyday tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-harming humidity into the air in your West Palm Beach home. There’s good news however—a modest bathroom ventilation fan can keep you from distorted wood, mold growth, damaged drywall and other problems connected with a humid bathroom.

Even if you have ventilation fans in your bathrooms, do you know if they’re the proper size? Are they as noiseless and energy efficient as they could be? Summit Air Conditioning Inc is here to answer your questions.

Today’s bathroom ventilation fans are small and sleek and they operate more quietly and economically than ever before. You’ll find a large range of selections, from average fans that will get the job done to fans with integrated heat lamps, motion sensors and heat-exchanger ventilation that helps prevent warmed air from getting out through your ventilation. While you have a lot of bells and whistles to pick from, the most important aspect of your fan is whether or not it’s large enough to do its job.

Graded by the cubic feet per minute (CFM) of air they move, a bathroom ventilation fan should be able to replace the air in a bathroom at least eight times an hour. With a standard 8-foot ceiling, your ventilation fan should have a CFM rating almost as high as the number of square feet in your bathroom. Thus, if your bathroom is 5 feet by 8 feet, a CFM rating of 40 would be satisfactory.

If you have a higher ceiling, the equation gets a little more complicated. You’ll want to multiply the width of the room by its height and length, divide it by 60 and multiply by 8. Or, to keep it easy, you can heed HGTV’s tips for bathrooms larger than 100 square feet – determine your CFM requirements by adding 50 CFM for every toilet; 50 CFM for each shower, bath and combo; and 100 CFM for each whirlpool.

If you’re unsure if your bathroom ventilation fan is the correct size, or you know it’s come to the point for a new one, give the experts at Summit Air Conditioning Inc at call at 561-582-3390. We’re here to help you guarantee you have a ventilation fan that will run hard to guard your home and keep it cozy. You can even set up an appointment with us online if that’s simplest for you.

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