Average tasks like showering, bathing and shaving can put home-destructive humidity into the air in your Alliance home. There’s good news still—a straightforward bathroom ventilation fan can protect you from warped wood, mold growth, cracked drywall and other trouble related 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? Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces is here to answer your questions.
Today’s bathroom ventilation fans are small and sleek and they work more quietly and economically than ever before. You’ll find a hefty range of choices, from simple fans that will get the job done to fans with built-in heat lamps, motion sensors and heat-exchanger ventilation that helps avoid warmed air from getting out through your ventilation. While you have a lot of bells and whistles to select from, the most imperative feature of your fan is whether or not it’s full-sized 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 normal 8-foot ceiling, your ventilation fan should have a CFM rating at least 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 adequate.
If you have a higher ceiling, the equation gets a little more complex. 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 follow HGTV’s guidance for bathrooms larger than 100 square feet – determine your CFM requirements by toting 50 CFM for every toilet; 50 CFM for each shower, bath and combo; and 100 CFM for each whirlpool.
If you’re not sure if your bathroom ventilation fan is the proper size, or you know it’s come to the point for a new one, give the experts at Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces at call at 308-321-4703. We’re here to help you make sure you have a ventilation fan that will work hard to care for your home and keep it comfortable.