Ordinary tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-destructive humidity into the air in your Moline home. There’s good news still—a simple bathroom ventilation fan can save you from distorted wood, mold growth, cracked drywall and other trouble associated with a humid bathroom.
Even if you have ventilation fans in your bathrooms, do you know if they’re the right size? Are they as noiseless and energy efficient as they could be? Freed Heating & Air Conditioning is here to answer your questions.
Today’s bathroom ventilation fans are small and modern and they run more quietly and efficiently than ever before. You’ll find a hefty range of choices, 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 big enough to do its job.
Graded by the cubic feet per minute (CFM) of air they transfer, a bathroom ventilation fan should be able to swap out the air in a bathroom at least eight times an hour. With a typical 8-foot ceiling, your ventilation fan should have a CFM rating almost as high as the number of square feet in your bathroom. Therefore, if your bathroom is 5 feet by 8 feet, a CFM rating of 40 would be sufficient.
If you have a taller ceiling, the equation gets a little more difficult. 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 straightforward, you can use HGTV’s tips for bathrooms larger than 100 square feet – verify 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 unclear if your bathroom ventilation fan is the right size, or you know it’s time for a new one, give the professionals at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning at call at 309-323-9584. We’re here to help you guarantee you have a ventilation fan that will work hard to guard your home and keep it comfy.